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Nairobi CCTV Cameras Exposed

A new audit report presented to the Nairobi County Assembly has exposed that majority of CCTV cameras installed within the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) are not working.

On Tuesday,the Public Accounts Committee heard that a total of 42 cameras installed by the no-longer existing Metropolitan Ministry in 2012 were not in service due to lack of maintenance.

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Nairobi County Transport and Infrastructure acting Chief Officer Frederick Karanja told the committee that the Sh 437 Million cameras were never officially handed over by the now defunct ministry.

“After they were installed, the cameras were operational for a while but as of today, I can confirm no camera is working due to lack of maintenance.

City Hall is unable to repair and maintain the cameras because some systems are still under lock and key. If the Government can officially hand it over to the county then we will be able to include it in our budget,” Karanja stated.

According to The Standard, there is a deadlock between the county government and the national government over who should take up responsibility for the surveillance gadgets.

The discovery caught Nairobi Members of County Assembly (MCAs) by surprise and raised concerns over the security risks posed by the contravention.

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Karen MCA David Mberia was disappointed that the cameras were decommissioned ,saying that they could have helped solve the mysterious murder of former Kabete MP George Muchai.

“It is sad that up to date we do not know who killed Muchai. Perhaps if the cameras were operational we could have known who the MP’s killers are,” Mberia lamented.

“It is very worrying that Nairobians continue to operate thinking the cameras are operational yet that is not the case. This matter should be urgently resolved to ensure residents are safe,” PAC Chairman Wilfred Odalo added.

The Committee was also told that a control room set up at City Hall was also closed and officers stationed there withdrawn.


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