In an effort to curb the rising level of insecurity in the urban centres across the country, the government early this week launched an initiative at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) aiming to oversee the mitigation of the level of criminal activities and insecurity. In this regard, CCTV cameras estimated to be worth 437 million were commissioned to be installed across strategic sections of the city.
Most emphasized area was the Central Business District (CBD) which would receive a good coverage given its nature of having most of the prominent business institutions and government’s premises. Present during the launch was Nairobi’s Metropolitan Minister Jamleck Kamau who issued a stern warning to all criminals across the city. The installation of the CCTV cameras is partly funded from by the grant given to the Kenyan government by the Chinese government totaling about 8.5 billion.
Nairobi County would be the first beneficiary of the initiative in the first phase of the project as other cities such as Mombasa, Kisumu and Nakuru would also gain from similar resources. The installation of the surveillance cameras across the city is anticipated to be carried out in areas such as Kenyatta National Hospital, Community Area, Machakos Country Bus Station, Gikomba Market, Muthurwa Market and Kirinyaga Road.
With the installation of the CCTV cameras already underway, the Internal Security Minister Katoo Ole Metito added that his Ministry intends to acquire 850 motorcycles and 255 police vehicles which would be used to increase patrols across the cities and enhance the country’s security.
An estimated 1.2 billion would be incurred by the government in implementing the planned operations.
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