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Kenya's opposition calls for boycott of Safaricom, Brookside

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Members of Nasa's parliamentary wing, the National Resistance Movement, during the press conference in Nairobi on November 3, 2017. PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • Political coalition calls on supporters to shun the firms over affiliation to the ruling Jubilee administration.
  • Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi also asked Nasa supporters to start migrating to other firms with immediate effect.

Opposition Nasa’s National Resistance Movement (NRM) wing has called on its supporters to shun services and products from telecom Safaricom #ticker:SCOM, milk processor Brookside and fast goods manufacturer Bidco Kenya.

The political coalition says the boycott is an act of economic sabotage against corporates they claim are affiliated to the Jubilee administration.

“This is the beginning of the liberation of our country against corporates that have gone to bed with the Jubilee regime...The companies have denied Kenyans their right to participate in democratic elections,” Suna East MP Junet Mohamed told journalists at Okoa Kenya's Nairobi office Friday.

Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi also asked Nasa supporters to start migrating to other firms with immediate effect, arguing that there were many alternative products and services.

“The economy is already on its knees under the jubilee administration, therefore there is no price that is too high to pay for democracy,” he said.

On the eve of the October 26 repeat presidential polls, Nasa leader Raila Odinga said the coalition would be making public the names of corporations whose products his supporters should boycott.

Mr Odinga said that the names will be released on a weekly basis in a national campaign of defiance against an “illegitimate governmental authority and non-cooperation with all its organs”.

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