Huawei Deepens Cooperation with Botswana Police, Installing Cameras in Francistown

On August 26, it was reported that Huawei was assisting municipal authorities in Francistown, Botswana’s second-largest city, with the installation of cameras in public places.  The work is being done ostensibly as a strategy to reduce crime. The company had earlier secured an agreement with Botswana Police in November 2017 to complete a two-year program to improve urban safety. Huawei has undertaken a number of similar projects in other African countries in recent years, installing the network infrastructure and equipment to permit more intensive state surveillance.  On April 30, Kenya’s Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology signed an agreement under which Huawei will build a $173.1 million smart city project in Konza, including the establishment of a surveillance system. Huawei also launched a safe city project in the Mauritian capital of St Louis in July 2018, which also included the implementation of a surveillance capability.