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South African wins Sh7.8m apartment in Safaricom M-Pesa promotion

Jannet Atika, Director – Customer Operations, Safaricom with Eric Lindenberg who becomes the second winner of an apartment located off Thika Road

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 13 –  A South African residing in Kenya has emerged the second winner of the Sh7.8 million apartment in the ongoing Maisha Ni M-PESA Tu Promotion.

Eric Lindenberg, 49, who is an interior design consultant moved to Kenya six years ago and lives with his Kenyan wife and two kids.

He becomes the second winner after the first apartment went to James Njagi, an artisan at Gikomba Market.

The apartments are located in Nairobi’s Kahawa West estate, off Thika Road and the Eastern Bypass.

“I found the country undergoing exciting times amidst fast growth and a lot of development, which saw me make the decision to join my family here in Kenya,” said Lindenberg.

“From my first days, I have come to prefer M-PESA for most of my transactions as I find it convenient to use my phone when paying for fuel, shopping, making payments to other people and for booking the SGR on regular family trips to the Coast. It was a pleasant surprise when I received the call from Safaricom on Tuesday notifying me that I had won an apartment.”

In addition to the two apartment winners, more than 190,000 M-PESA customers and 1,900 agents have won instant cash prizes and float including of Sh2,000, Sh5,000 and Sh10,000.

“We are happy to see that the promotion winners reflect the diversity of M-PESA, which is a testament that it indeed is a mobile money service that brings the entire Kenyan society together. The promotion will continue for the next five weeks during which we will seek to reward even more of our customers for their loyalty,” said Jannet Atika, Director – Customer Operations, Safaricom.

The promotion began just over four weeks ago and seeks to reward M-PESA’s more than 28.6 million customers and 150,000 agents with KES 300 million in prizes.

Seven lucky customers and eight lucky agents stand to win an apartment and Sh1 million in float respectively.

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