Safaricom Sacks 52 Employees Linked To Company Fraud

Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore(right) , on May 10,2012 during a breakfast meeting at Safaricom Headquarters Nairobi during the announcement of Safaricom financial result for 2011/2012
Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore

Kenya’s leading mobile network operator Safaricom Limited has sacked 52 employees in a move to to put an end to fraudulent activities.

This comes after the company sacked 36 employees over corruption last year as well.

The employees were sacked for their involvement in asset misappropriation, fraudulent expense claims and corruption.

“While the number of investigations carried out during the year was substantively the same as Financial Year 2016, the number of staff dismissed for fraudulent behavior increased to 52,” Safaricom said.

“This was primarily due to an enhanced review process, which targeted a single area of concern and unearthed fraud schemes that were previously concealed,” the report says.

Read: Safaricom M-PESA 1Tap To Be Rolled Out In Four Major Towns

Those who were dismissed were also found to have been involved in fraudulent SIM card swaps and violation of rules governing money transfer service M-PESA start key issuance.

“While we are disappointed by the number of people who have been involved in fraudulent activities, it is encouraging to note the increasing effectiveness of our investigations and clear illustration of a ‘no tolerance’ approach from management,” the firm said.

The mobile network company has said it is providing its customers with the necessary skills to safeguard, detect and stop social engineering attacks targeting M-PESA users.

“We also increased the number of staff monitoring suspicious activity on the M-Pesa platform and implemented anti-money laundering  and counter-terrorist financing measures. This has enabled us to achieve our target of investigating and reporting suspicious M-Pesa transactions within seven days.”

The telco firm has now dismissed 130 employees since 2014 over fraud and corruption.

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Written by Kahawa Tungu


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