Huawei withdraws suit as Kenyan Govt scraps police tender


A Kenyan court has allowed Chinese firm Huawei to withdraw its lawsuit challenging the award of a KES 20 billion tender to supply the police with a communication and surveillance system, after the government cancelled the tender. Huawei's lawyer Mohammed Nyaoga told Justice J Odunga that given the government's action, his client did not wish to engage in academic exercise by pursuing the matter in court. Head of Civil Service Francis Kimemia had cancelled the tender and urged the ICT ministry to re-advertise it. According to Kimemia, some officials had been influenced by bidders and the cost of the project had become exaggerated.

Huawei which was among six companies that submitted their expressions of interest in the tender. It argued there were irregularities in the manner in which the Ministry handled the process. Nyaoga said that the whole purpose of the Public Procurement law is to ensure efficient procedures, maximise economy and efficiency, promote competition and fair play and ensure transparency. Nyaoga argued the issue was of great public interest and had raised questions on the integrity and transparency of the tendering process.

The tender was for a secure command and control system encompassing telephone facilities, incident handling, radio, voice logging, automated action cards and support for external interfaces to computer systems in the 47 county headquarters. There was to be a national command and control centre in Nairobi and a digital mobile communication network, a computer-aided dispatch, a video surveillance system, a geographic information system and an Automatic Vehicle Location System.