National Resistance Movement 1 Million Kenyans to lose jobs this week

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This is the highest number of job losses the economy will suffer in a swoop.

play Idle Kenyans have to depend on politicians (Courtesy)

One million Kenyans could be on the track to lose jobs in a weeks’ time should the ongoing economic boycott continue, a conglomerate of Safaricom dealers said Monday.

Speaking in a live televised event in Nairobi on Monday after National Resistance Movement intensified campaigns to dump the network, Safaricom dealers warmed that the political stalemate should not spill into economic activities.

"This is purely bad politics. We urge our politicians to sober up. We are choking. Let them calm down and listen to us. Let them stick to politics and let us run the businesses," Chairperson Esther Muchemi said told the press on Monday.

She revealed that the telecommunication company had already contemplated lowering Mpesa commissions.

Safaricom cashes in majorly from MPESA transaction, which is the fastest mobile money transfer service being used to exchange nearly Sh15 billion per day.

play MPESA outlet in Nairobi. (Courtesy)


It is worth noting that the Dealers' Association operates independently and it has members authorised by Safaricom.

"We appeal to all Kenyans to resist such calls to kill our economy. Boycotting Safaricom means no communication networks and those who will loose jobs are our brothers and sisters with families to feed and children to educate," seemingly angry Muchemi said.

Meanwhile, her Nyanza region representative counterpart Mr Jerim Ouko, argue that millions of Kenyans depended on the network for cash transfers and communications and attempt rally a boycott would have far reaching implications.

"Safaricom was not that big; we have grown with them and seen them become a local company that has invested in Kenyans. It is dealers who have made them win customers and connections to the rest of the world," he said.

He added: "Kenyans must think carefully before fighting battles that will affect the economy and haunt their conscience.”

Earlier, the Communications Authority of Kenya defended the telecom accusing the politicians of bad motive in rallying against the ICT gains made in the economy.

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