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Garissa senator says planned shut down of sim cards will derail drought response effort



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NAIROBI—The senator of Garissa now want Safaricom and the Communication Authority of Kenya to spare the drought-impacted counties, saying it derail the response effort. The planned service disruption targeting clients who failed to register their sim cards.

While speaking at the Senate on Tuesday, Abdul Haji said victims use mobile money services to receive cash transfer as part of bid to cushion the victims from the worsening drought situation in the region.

“A lot of NGOs use MPesa to receive cash transfer at this period of drought,” noted Abdul. He added that some of the victims don’t have access to Safaricom shops since they moved deep into the bushes with their livestock in search of water and pasture.


The telecommunications company is following in the foot-steps of its competitors – Telkom Kenya and Airtel Kenya who have been allowing their customers to submit their details online – without visiting their agents or retail shops


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