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Safaricom Denies Sharing Location Of Protesters With Government After Arrests

Safaricom has denied sharing the location and communication data of anti-Finance Bill protesters with the government. Photo: Dennis Onsongo.

Safaricom has come out to clear itself after being accused of leaking data about protesters to the Kenyan government.

The telco giant was forced to respond on Tuesday, June 25 after businessman Khalif Kairo alleged they shared the real-time location and communication of protesters which led to their abduction.

“Safaricom is enabling this regime by providing them with real-time location and comms data. We shall revisit.” Kalif Kairo said.

The telco in its defence said it cannot share data unless there is a court order.

“We don’t share customer data unless where it’s explicitly against a court order. On this issue, there has been no request or court order served.” Safaricom said.

On Tuesday, several protesters against the Finance Bill including Gabriel Oguda and Osama Otero were arrested after police officers raided their homes.

The latest arrests have led to fury, with Kenyans taking to social media demanding their unconditional release.

Recently, the Giant telecommunication company expanded to 26 cities in Ethiopia; a month since its launch in the country.

The company launched in Ethiopia on October 7, 2022, in an event graced by President William Ruto and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

The launch followed successful trials in 10 cities.

The trials began a year after Ethiopia awarded an operating licence to a consortium that is led by Safaricom.

The consortium placed a KSh 85 billion bid to bag the licence.

The Safaricom consortium pledged to invest another KSh 800 billion over the next 10 years to roll out telecommunication services.