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Telecommunication service provider blames sh 280 million loss on vandalism

Telecommunication service providers in the country have reported a sh 280 million to vandalism.

The huge loss had been credited to vandalism, terrorism acts and political violence seen during the long –drawn-out election period.

According to the industry regulator the Communication Authority these incidents were more rampant in Mandera, Garissa and some areas in Lamu.

“These incidents have been occasioned by terrorist assaults particularly in Mandera, Garissa and parts of Lamu counties,” explained CA Director General Mr. Francis Wangusi.

Mr. Wangusi clarified that a sum of eight base stations have been destroyed across the nation in the current past plummeting residents into communication darkness and occasioning huge losses for service providers.

The current incidence happened when a Safaricom booster was damaged in Kisumu County on Monday as inhabitants protested the Supreme Court verdict that upheld President Uhuru Kenyatta’s October 26 election win.

The Safaricom booster on Kakamega Road was wrecked, pillaged, its generator set on fire and wall surrounding it brought down by raucous youths.

Al Shabaab radicals in June damaged a Safaricom communication mast during an assault in Fafi sub-county, Garissa County. The attack left three officers who responded to the attack wounded.

In February, Al-Shabaab terrorists also assailed a police post and ruined communication masts in Arabia region, Mandera County. This cut communication between police officers who were at the Administration Police post and other commanders.

The Mandera residents have recently complained that the Safaricom network has been down for the past two days and thus enable to make any communication.

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