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In this article, we reveal the full document in the Transcend Media Group Limited vs Safaricom Plc scandal.
This is so that Kenyans can read for themselves the despicable act of impunity, bribery and greed.
In Kenya, the mafia has a country.
Safaricom PLC broke a couple of laws; Infringement of copyright and procurement laws.
It is also clear that ethical business practice is not part of Safaricom’s fibre.
Many youths have complained about their intellectual property being stolen. To some, these are just stories, but to those who know, it is painful when Safaricom colludes with relevant authorities to intimidate, threaten to arrest or/and kill.
Some have suffered the unnerving experience of being trailed by unknown vehicles or having a ‘wanted by DCI’ poster created about them.
The truth of the matter in the Transcend Vs Safaricom procurement scandal is that Safaricom deliberately and with full knowledge subverted the right course of the procurement process. Stole Transcend’s proposal and gave it to Saracen Media Limited which passed it as its own.
Two good things, however, happened. First, Transcend had copyrighted its proposal, secondly, Transcend had money to put up a good legal fight.
The United Kingdom is fond of lecturing us about corruption. Yet, a company registered and founded on its soil condoned one.
Vodafone Group agreed with corrupt Safaricom to silence Transcend through the courts of law.
As a person knowledgeable in the IP fights, Safaricom would, without evidence, claim that Transcend’s proposal was its creation, first thought and written about in 2001 (check the date again).
When caught, Safaricom backdates (without evidence) things to be seen to have been the first to come up with stolen Intellectual property.
Those who think the above claim is farfetched should look at the legal battles Safaricom has with firms or individuals it has stolen IP from. It is laughable, but Kenyan courts are also a sham.
The courts in Kenya usually buy Safaricom’s claim, hook, line and sinker. The same happened in the MPESA 1-Tap legal battle.
Anyone with documents to more intellectual property tussles with Safaricom can send them to email@example.com.
The Interior CS Fred Matiang’i was asked to respond to the question of stolen copyrights in parliament as covered below:
Will government protect small inventors against big corporate cartels? time will tell.
The fight is not for the faint-hearted as the billions controlled by four corrut Safaricom staff members is enough to buy off debt ridden judges and government officials. The money can hire an entire police department, in this case, as we have seen, the Department of Criminal Investigations.
Cnyakundi.com now advises that anyone with a legit IP theft complaint should write to all relevant authorities; i.e. Kenyan National Assembly, World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
We ask the UK govt and parliament to also put the question across to Vodafone sister firm Safaricom; why are the staff mentioned in this Transcend Saga still in office.
The law must apply fairly.