Huawei project in Botswana to help reduce crime incidents: official

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-27 01:00:16|Editor: ZX
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GABORONE, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- The safer city project that is being installed by China's global telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Ltd. in, Francistown, Botswana's second largest city, will go a long way in reducing the incidents of crime, an official said Monday.

This is a project whereby cameras are being mounted in busy public places which have been identified as crime prone areas, said Sylvia Muzila, the mayor of Francistown, which is situated some 430km northeast of the country's capital city Gaborone.

Muzila said she has been advised that the project is anticipated to be complete by the end of December 2019.

"Let me caution that, everyone who will be engaging in any form of crime, these cameras which are being mounted will be watching you," said Muzila when addressing a full council session that is expected to end on Friday.

According to Muzila, everyone who will be engaging in criminal activities to "better start behaving" and avoid to be embarrassed after having been caught in action by the cameras being installed.

In November 2017, Huawei Botswana and the Botswana Police Service signed a two-year contract for commencement of the safer city project.

At the signing ceremony, Botswana police commissioner Keabetswe Makgophe said the project is necessary for the police's delivery of effective policing to the citizens of the southern African country through the use of surveillance cameras.

The project commenced in Gaborone before proceeding to Francistown with the aim of keeping the country's two major cities much safer and secure since they are the key drivers of development and economy for the country.