Why State House made a call to Safaricom chief over insecurity

From Left- NTSA chairman Lee Kinyanjui, former Traffic Police Commandant Samuel Kimaru and Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore during the presentation of Speed Cameras to the traffic department at Safaricom limited in Nairobi on November 26, 2013. Two months ago, at the height of terrorist attacks, State House made a call to Safaricom chief executive Bob Collymore. President Kenyatta asked the mobile phone operator to develop a security communication and surveillance system that would urgently boost the capacity of the national security agencies to fight terrorists. PHOTO/FILE

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  • According to sources privy to the discussions, it was perceived to be easier and faster to go through a direct procurement system since previous attempts to enlist a firm for the contract through the open tender system had failed as competitors fought for the multi-billion project.

Two months ago, at the height of terrorist attacks, State House made a call to Safaricom chief executive Bob Collymore.

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