China firms fight over security system tender

A CCTV camera monitors pedestrians on Mama Ngina Street in Nairobi. Two Chinese firms are battling to procure communication and surveillance systems for the Kenya police worth billions of shillings. Photo/FILE.

What you need to know:

  • Huawei claims ZTE won the tender despite having a higher bid and offering inferior technology.
  • In the letter, which was copied to Treasury Permanent Secretary Joseph Kinyua and Internal Security minister Katoo ole Metito, the Civil Service boss explained that the government cannot afford to fund the project in view of other commitments occasioned by devolution, the General Election, rising wages and other State priorities before and after the polls.

Rival Chinese technology companies, ZTE Corporation and Huawei Technologies, are locked in a two-pronged court battle over the control of a multi-billion-shilling tender to supply police with a communication and surveillance system.

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