Sh14bn Safaricom deal to boost war on terror

What you need to know:

  • The government is buying the system on relatively easy terms. First, it will give Safaricom spectrum (the “air waves” used by cell phones) worth Sh7 billion and another Sh7 billion in bits over a period of between five and seven years starting in 2016.
  • The tender for the system has been the subject of controversy for years in Kenya with Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE locking horns in a court fight over the project last year Safaricom, which declared a record Sh23 billion profit for the last financial year on Monday, is expected to fund the project from its own resources.

Police will soon be able to pick out a terror suspect from a crowded street and track his every move from miles away.

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