NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Communication Authority of Kenya (CA)
on Tuesday asked Kenyans to ignore an ongoing boycott of
services of leading mobile phone firm, called by the
opposition National Super Alliance (NASA).
Raila Odinga has accused Safaricom, which has over 28
million customers, of working with the ruling Jubilee
party to defeat electoral justice in the Aug. 8 and Oct.
26 presidential elections.
other leaders in the coalition have since last week been
leading their supporters in a boycott of the company’s
products and services, and those of an edible oil
processor and a milk maker.
like to urge Kenyans to take advantage of the choices of
services available in the ICT market without undue
pressure from anyone,” said CA director-general Francis
Wangusi in a statement. “We call on leaders across the
political spectrum to avoid making statements that may
dampen investment climate in the country.”
would hurt job creation and ultimately lead to job
losses thus affecting the economy, Wangusi said.
consumers in the ICT sector to exercise their freedom of
choice of services and service providers and create an
enabling environment for further investment in the
sector to spur economic growth,” he said.
It has taken
years of hard work for the businesses being vilified to
reach where they are, Wangusi said.
phone firm, besides voice services, also offers mobile
money and data services.
It is the
market leader in the east African nation.
supporters have in the last few days been migrating to
the mobile phone firm’s rival following the boycott
sector has created about 2 million jobs both formally
and informally and is one of the main drivers of the