Tainted Sylvia Mulinge misses out on another top appointment at Safaricom Plc

Safaricom Chief Customer Officer Sylvia Mulinge (Left) and CEO Peter Ndegwa,

Safaricom Killer Director Sylvia Mulinge has once again missed out on the opportunity to ascend the highest office at Safaricom Plc.

CEO Peter Ndegwa has appointed Sitoyo Lopokoiyit, as the M-Pesa Africa managing director effective April 1, 2021.

This the CEO says, will enable the giant Telco to initiate the relevant talent sourcing processes to identify and appoint the next Financial Services leaders in due course.

“…meanwhile he will continue discharging the functions of the chief financial services office,” he said.

Lopokoiyit joined Safaricom PLC from 1st April 2018, having previously served as M-Commerce Director at Vodacom Tanzania PLC Ltd from October 2015.

As the Chief Financial Services Officer, he is responsible for growing M-PESA to a fully-fledged financial platform.


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He is in charge of New Business Ventures, Product Management & Development for both Consumer and Enterprise.

During his time at Vodacom, he oversaw the delivery of several transformative products and services; led the turnaround strategy and execution for M-Pesa which has resulted in an accelerated growth of M-Pesa in Tanzania.

Some of the initiatives he led include; delivery of G2 platform, M-Pesa APP, interoperable transactions for both peer to peer transfers and merchant payments, Business to Business payments, M-Pesa CVM and Merchant Payments.

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Prior to joining Vodacom Tanzania PLC, he was the Head M-Pesa Strategy and Business Development at Safaricom.

Sitoyo has over 10 years’ senior managerial experience from different fields; oil and gas (Chevron and Total Kenya Ltd) and in the Retail industry with Uchumi supermarkets in Kenya.

Sitoyo Lopokoiyit , new Managing Director MPESA Africa

He has worked extensively in the East Africa Region as well as in Mauritius and Reunion.

Sitoyo holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree in marketing from the University of Nairobi (2000) and an MSc in Information Technology Management and Organizational Change from Lancaster University in UK.

Long Wait For Justice: Safaricom Killer Director Sylvia Mulinge Walking Free Three Years After Murder

Mulinge’s sin

Sylvia Mulinge has a bad record with the public, in February 2015, a drunk Ms Mulinge behind a Toyota Prado registration number KBU 483M knocked dead young Mary Kusa Etale along southern bypass road in Nairobi.

The case under occurrence book as entry 3/01/02/2015 was mishandled by the traffic police officers based at Langata Police Station, to this day, Mulinge has never been charged in a court of law but illegally claims to have agreed on an out of court settlement with the family.

Mulinge is also accused of colluding with Fibre Space Limited which was single-sourced for the electronic payment in transport sector. The project collapsed a few weeks later, but the paper works were never found. It is alleged that paperwork for the project which was floated unprocedurally without a Request for Proposal (RFP) document was disappeared by the then head of business unit Sylvia Mulinge

READ: Sylvia Mulinge: The Slayqueen Who Thought She Could Head Safaricom

This is the third time Mulinge is missing on the top seat, the other being CEO Vodacom Tanzania and CEO Safaricom Kenya to replace Bob Collymore.

Maybe the Gods know that she might kill more kids with drunk driving.

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Karecha Kamaris

Karecha Kamaris is the space between earth and heaven, the gap between ice and fire, the elementary molecule that justifies unending peace in the sea of turmoil. An 'appetite for adventure over the love of ease'.

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