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BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,6TH NOV 2017-The Move by Nasa calling on its supporters to boycott Safaricom’s products will result in the loss of many jobs.This is according to the Mpesa agents in the country.
Alfred Nyangweso who is their Natioanl chairman, the agents said that the call is tantamount to killing the economy of Kenya.
Mr Nyangweso said the money transfer service has employed over five million people countrywide and its failure will amount to massive unemployment in the country.
“M-Pesa as one of the services offered by Safaricom has grown to be one of the largest sources of self-employment in Kenya and asking people to boycott all Safaricom products will render many jobless,” said Mr Nyangweso.
Mr Nyangweso said the service provides a source of income and livelihood to citizens of all regions regardless of tribe or political affiliation and shops can be found in every town and village in the country.
“This means that it is not only Jubilee supporters who will be affected by snubbing Safaricom. Over one million people in the Nyanza region will lose their jobs, most of whom are youth,” he added.
Mr Nyangweso further said that the telecommunications company is owned by millions of Kenyans through shareholding and the profit it makes trickles down to them.
He added that in the first half of the year, the money transfer platform was able to make over Sh26 billion in profit and it is expected to make more than Sh53 billion by the end of the year.
He said that the coalition’s supporters will be blindly destroying themselves if they heed Nasa’s call.