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CA to revoke license of Safaricom-backed Courier Operator

By Dominic Omondi | Published Mon, September 4th 2017 at 00:00, Updated September 4th 2017 at 11:51 GMT +3
Communications Authority of Kenya Director General Francis Wangusi addressing a press conference on Device Management System that is soon to be launched. ON 17/02/2017 PHOTO: JENIPHER WACHIE

The Communications Authority of Kenya will revoke the licence of an international courier operator backed by Safaricom.

In a Gazette notice dated September 1, the communications industry regulator gave a seven-day notice to any person wishing to contest the decision to close down Sendy Ltd to come forward.

The notice, signed by CA Director General Francis Wangusi, did not give a reason for the decision.

“Notice is given, pursuant to the provisions of the Kenya Information and Communications Act, that the Communications Authority of Kenya will revoke the international courier operator licence held by Sendy Ltd within seven days from the date of this Gazette,” read part of the notice.

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Sendy Ltd, which was one of the beneficiaries of Safaricom’s Sh102 million Spark Venture Fund, describes itself as an e-courier platform.

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Spark Venture Fund supports local mobile technology start-ups. Other beneficiaries include Little Ride, a taxi-hailing business.

Last year, Sendy ventured into the ride-hailing business that offered boda boda services.

It had created an app that connected independent motorbike riders with clients who need courier services.