Truth Behind ''Massive Firing'' at Safaricom after NASA Boycott

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This made many to speculate the possibility of some employees at Safaricom facing the sack if the Resistance movement by the Opposition pushed the company to the edge.

Publications were made and circulated online to support a false narrative that Safaricom is likely to send home some of its staff - creating even more panic.

One of the fake online publications indicated that one of Safaricom's alleged department, M-Kopa, would fire over 1000 employees.

However, a deeper look by into the allegations have established that rumours marring the firm, which remains the leading telecommunication company in the country, were a mere fabrication.

M-Kopa, a Kenyan solar energy company, was birthed in 2011 and does not have any managerial connections with the company. It is an entity on its own.

Safaricom only offers its Lipa Na Mpesa service to M-Kopa giving Kenyans an easier way to pay and access electricity.

During the launch of GMS by M-Kopa and Safaricom in 2012, the Chairman Nick Hughes said: "As with M-PESA, M-KOPA has been designed specifically to suit the needs and budgets of Kenyan consumers. By working with Safaricom, a world leader for mobile innovation, we can spread this new service to all parts of Kenya".

At the same time Safaricom's CEO Bob Collymore expressed excitement over the partnership noting: "The barrier to large-scale adoption of solar lighting has been the high upfront cost of a home system, which makes it unaffordable to the majority of Kenyans.

"Indeed the penetration of solar lighting products in Africa as a whole remains at less than 2%. M-KOPA Solar has been developed to remove this barrier by making solar home systems affordable and accessible to low income consumers,"  Collymore said.

The fact that it has almost the same name as Safaricom’s M-Pesa – the mobile money transfer service - many have always confused it to be one of Safaricom’s entity.

The Lipa Na Mpesa service is also being used by other businesses including supermarkets, restaurants among others.


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