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Safaricom has stolen many intellectual properties, MPESA Go is the latest

Rogue telco Safaricom Plc is once again in the limelight for all the wrong reasons.

Under the ‘Safaricom Ideas Theft’ trending key word on Twitter, one can read how a Kenyan, floated the idea of enabling under 18 year olds Kenyans use MPESA.

M-Teen Kenya shared their idea with Safaricom as usual, but Safaricom rebranded it to MPESA – Go and launched it without their input.

If you’ve been following; this is not the first time.

Safaricom Plc has shown that they can steal intellectual property, even if it is registered and known, and get away with it.


In 2020, Safaricom launched the Tuwaanike to stem identity theft on MPESA. Eight months earlier, innovator Obutu Anyona had shared with them though their Zindua Portal (now deleted due to court cases)

Unrelenting Obutu is then threatened with a ‘Wanted By DCI’ poster circulating on social media.

January 2021, Safaricom Plc copies the entire Intellectually registered Kibo Capital Group Limited’s PaymentGateLLP e-Receipt and rebrands it to MPESA Bill manager.

Court cases stagnate as judges are compromised.

In 2017, Safaricom launches the MPESA – 1 Tap where one can pay for their purchase on the supermarket through a wrist band.

Safaricom wins the case on technicalities. Evidence shows the judges were arm-twisted.

In 2022, Information reaching shows Safaricom Plc stole a Kenya Copyright Board registered proposal by Transcend Media Group Limited to launch Blaze BYOB.

A question raised in Parliament over Safaricom’s monopolistic behavior and theft of intellectual property by then nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi, but up to now, Safaricom has not responded.

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Intellectual property theft in Kenya

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