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Wananchi Group’s home entertainment and communications services brand Zuku, has modernized and eased the way in which Kenya Police Service interact with the public.
An arrangement bringing together the Kenya Police Service, Runda Residents Association and Wananchi Group’s Zuku has seen the setting up a 24/7 security surveillance network that will facilitate community policing through an innovative, cost-effective, safe and solution-oriented manner and encourage the public to adhere to and respect the rule of law.
“At Zuku, we would like to forge a long working relationship and use our expertise and investment in technological infrastructure to improve community policing. Security is one of the key factors that influence the growth of the major sectors of the economy namely trade, tourism, agriculture, manufacturing, sports and service industry,” Wananchi Group CEO Richard Alden said.
Wananchi Group has taken the lead by partnering with the local police to improve the level and quality of communication and policing in Runda and its environs and the country.
He said that the firm is the only service provider offering a triple play platform that includes broadband, multi-channel digital television and digital telephony services. And having a strong, reliable and high-speed internet connection in Police stations means opening up superior channels of communication and taking security control to a whole new level.
Zuku has been connecting police stations in Nairobi to Fiber internet network in support of community policing efforts, and this is part of its unmatched Corporate Social Investment.
“There are estimates that the Kenyan police have a total population of below 50,000 personnel. It means that the public-policing ratio can be deduced to the ratio of about one to 1,000 people for the over 40 million citizens. This is far below the United Nations recommended police-public ratio of one police offer to 450 people; and this initiative is therefore of very high importance,” he added.
There are six police stations namely: Muthaiga, Pangani, Runda, Gigiri, Karen, Milimani and Nairobi Area Traffic connected to our free high-speed internet service through our Zuku Fiber network. This is much more cost-effective and heighten the communication to the police stations, hastens transmission of delicate and sensitive information with ease, he added.
To date, Zuku has managed to have over a dozen surveillance cameras installed in Runda Estate in a bid to improve security. This plan is very much in line with the government’s plan in promoting Information and Communications Technology (ICT) growth and the social pillars outlined in the political and socio-economic blue print, Vision 2030.