In Summary
  • Mr Karanja said the county cannot yet repair the cameras because the Sh437 million project has not been handed over to City Hall.
  • Chinese contractor is demanding Sh7.2 million to repair the cameras and hand over the project.
  • Last year, it was revealed that 26 of the cameras are not working.

Most surveillance CCTV cameras installed in Nairobi City centre are not working, a senior county official has revealed.

Nairobi County Roads and Public Works Chief Officer Fredrick Karanja said that most of the 42 CCTV cameras installed in the Central Business District at a cost of Sh437 million malfunctioned and the county cannot repair them.

Appearing before Nairobi County Assembly's Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Mr Karanja said that City Hall cannot repair the cameras because the contractor who was awarded the Integrated Urban Surveillance System tender has not handed over the project to the country.

SURVEILLANCE TENDER

In September 2012, the then Ministry of Nairobi Metropolitan Development awarded the contract to M/s Nanjing LES Information Technology Limited, a Chinese firm.

The project was conceptualised as a security project which would involve installation of security cameras, vehicle number plate recognition cameras, rehabilitation of signalised junctions and construction of one main control centre at Nairobi area police headquarters at Milimani and the redundant control centre at City Hall Annex.

Six years later, the chief officer confirmed that the project is still under the Chinese firm’s control, making it impossible to repair and maintain the cameras.

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