Clearing agent wins house in Safaricom promo

Paul Kasimu (left), Director- Resource, Safaricom, presents a dummy key to Joseph Wanjiku (right), Maisha ni M-PESA TU sixth winner in Kahawa West Estate, Nairobi. With them are Naomi Wanjiru (second right), wife to Joseph and their daughters. [David Njaaga,Standard]
Safaricom has awarded the sixth winner of an apartment worth KES 7.8 million in the ongoing Maisha Ni M-PESA Tu Promotion.

Joseph Kung’u Wanjiku from Riruta, Dagoretti becomes the new homeowner of an apartment located in Nairobi’s Kahawa West estate. The 33-year-old is a clearing & forwarding agent and a small-scale farmer in Gatundu.

Kung’u is a father of three girls and also takes care of an orphaned girl, who is currently pursuing higher education at Kiriri Women’s University of Science and Technology.

He uses M-PESA to pay for his bills for both business purposes and personal use. This includes paying for KRA customs services, drivers’ services at the port, family upkeep and school fees for his children.

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He re-counts that he was watching a motivational video when the call came through. 

“I remember on the day I received a call that I had won a house, I was at home about to warm some porridge, watching some motivational video. At first, I thought the call was about my phone bill that was due. When I rechecked the number, I became nervous since it was the official Safaricom number. The news got me so thrilled that I literary jumped with joy. I never believed in promotions but now I can tell everyone that it is real and they should keep trying,” said Kung’u.

The winners of the first five apartments include Juma Saidi, a maintenance manager in a Cement Company from Coast, Benson Kilonzi, a jua kali artisan from Kitui, Jeniffer Kathure, a Khat trader from Meru, James Njagi, a metal artisan at Gikomba market and Eric Lindenberg, an interior designer who resides in Nairobi.

In addition to the six apartments, more than 490,000 M-PESA customers and over 5,000 agents have won instant prizes including cash and float amounts of KES 2,000, KES, 5,000 and KES 10,000.

“Transforming lives and creating positive impact for our customers is what we strive to do at Safaricom. We are glad that we are able to reward our customers for their loyalty to our products. Through this promotion, we have seen the diversity of M-PESA through the variety of customers from all walks of life.” said Paul Kasimu, Director – Resources, Safaricom.

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The promotion seeks to reward the over 28.6 million M-PESA’s customers and 150,000 agents with KES 300 million in prizes. Seven lucky customers and eight lucky agents stand to win an apartment and KES 1 million in float respectively.

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