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Regulator denounces Safaricom boycott call

The Communications Authority (CA) has criticised Nation Super Alliance (Nasa) call to its supporters to boycott Safaricom services saying the move could stifle gains made especially in the ICT sector which now a key contributor to the country’s Gross Domestic Product.

In a thinly veiled response rejoinder to the Opposition alliance, the regulator said that while consumers are free to exercise freedom of choice, they should not vilify any business.

“We call upon leaders across the political spectrum to avoid making utterances that may dampen the investment climate in the country, hurt jobs in the local ICT sector and ultimately compromise the quality of life for the mwananchi,” said CA director general Francis Wangusi.

He urged consumers to take advantage of the choice of services available in the market without undue pressure from any quarter. “We encourage that any alleged election malpractices be reported to the relevant authorities,” he said. Safaricom Dealers Association has warned that more than a million jobs were at stake should the boycott deepen.

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