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Safaricom Confirms Huawei is Supplier to National Security Project

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Kenya's Safaricom has confirmed that Huawei will be a supplier in the increasingly controversial public security tender that the government awarded to the mobile network operator.

The government recently suspended the contract following increased pressure over how the tender was awarded and some concerns about a national security project being managed by a private company.

The confirmation by Safaricom's CEO, Bob Collymore that Huawei is involved has only deepened the controversy, as Huawei lost the tender when it was originally offered due to apparently not meeting the required specifications.

"It is our understanding that the Government chose to invite Safaricom to tender for the project due to the urgency of the security situation at hand and that is probably the most practical solution for the expeditious implementation of the system," the company CEO told a Parliamentary committee investigating the affair.

He also clarified that the costs had been misreported and that the bulk of the costs were for the initial phase, and wouldn't need to be repeated again later.

He didn't comment on the decision to allow Huawei to supply components for the contract.

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