NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 20 – Thirteen illegal postal and courier operators have been arrested and charged for operating unlicensed services.
The country’s telecommunications regulator Communication Authority of Kenya has in the last two weeks combed Murang’a, Kirinyanga, Laikipia, Marsabit, Isiolo and Meru Counties in which members of the 13 entities were arrested.
The entities affected include Murang’a Shuttle, Mt. Kenya Shuttle, Empire Logistics and Nanaisio Shuttle Sacco limited.
Others include Inana Sacco, Liban Bus Services, Kensilver Express and Northern City Coaches among others.
CA Secretary General Francis Wangusi has stated that the crackdown on illegal postal and courier operators shall continue in other parts of the country.
It’s an offence, punishable by a fine not exceeding Sh200,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or to both, to offer postal services without a relevant license from CA. Members of the public are cautioned to only seek services from persons holding relevant valid license from the Authority,” Wangusi said in a statement.
In March 2016, CA revealed that close to 90 percent of courier operators in the country were unregistered denying the government millions in revenue annually from an already struggling postal sector.
A year ago, the government revoked licenses of 38 postal and courier firms for failing to adhere to industry standards which included failure to pay license fees arrears and engaging in other businesses that were against their permit agreements.