Nasa leaders call for boycott of Safaricom, Brookside, Bidco products

Opposition leader Raila Odinga poses for a picture with NASA politicians pushing for the national resistance movement at Capitol Hill in Nairobi. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders  have given a list of companies that they want their supporters to boycott, as part of the process of National Resistance Movement (NRM).

The leaders led by Member of Parliament from Suna East Junet Muhammed, named Safaricom Network provider, Bidco Industries, and Brookside Diaries as some of the companies that they want their supporters to keep off from using there products or services starting next week on Friday.

Homabay Women rep Glady’s Wanga who read part of the statement, noted that the companies provide goods and services which are used to abuse the rights of Kenyans and result in their death and that their goods, services and market proceeds are used to support people who have the blood of Kenyans on their hands.

“Safaricom is holding the blood of our people in its hands. It stood in the way of democracy during the election,” she said.

Safaricom is said to have been contracted by the Independent Electorate and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to transmit election results from the KIEMS kits at the polling stations to the IEBC servers and ensure data is conveyed via Virtual Private Network (VPN) so that there was no tampering with the results before reaching the servers.

According to  Nairobi Women rep  Esther Passaris , one of these VPNs was terminated at a cloud server registered in Spain but operated from France under the control of OT Morpho.

“Consequently, results from the polling station KIEMS kits left the country but never found their way back to IEBC. None of the kits under Safaricom’s network ever got their results onto the IEBC’s public web portal. Furthermore, when purported results started streaming onto the portal without accompanying forms 34A/B,
Safaricom’s senior management knew that these results did not come from the KIEMS kits. The company chose to do nothing.” Said Passaris.

Turkana central Member of Parliament John Lodepe Nakara who read part of the statement said that Brookside Dairies, like BIDCO Industries, provide goods and services supplied by people with the blood of Kenyans on their hands and also supplied by people who support those with the blood of Kenyans on their hands.

“When Jubilee took power, dairy farmers were being paid a maximum of Ksh.35 per litre. Consumers were paying Ksh.72 per litre (Sh. 36 per half litre packet). Today, farmers will be lucky to get Sh. 35 per litre yet consumers are paying Sh. 120 per kilo (Sh.60 per half litre packet). The processor’s margin has increased almost threefold.” Said Lodepe

“These are the spoils of power our children are paying for with their lives. This economic exploitation is in addition to supporting political programs that have entrenched electoral autocracy and rigged elections.
We are not powerless. We are after all the farmers and consumers of milk.” Lodepe said.

The leaders have therefore asked their supporters to explore alternatives ways of getting services from other related companies, as well as farmers to reorganize themselves and sell their milk to consumers directly as it was the case years ago when milk was being processed by Kenya Co-operative Creameries Limited (KCC) and other cooperatives.

They pointed out that they will be replacing cartel products with cottage industries that create jobs and circulate money in local economies indicating that their people are among the most creative and enterprising in the region.

“We must tap into this tradition. We can manufacture soap and cooking in our backyards and save ourselves from Bidco. We can produce edible oils and support our local farmers to produce oil crops.” Said Mbita MP Millie Adhiambo.

The move is said to be a launch of economic liberation programme by national resistance movement of NASA.