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Licences for 21 courier companies revoked

The Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK), on Saturday, April 3, announced the revocation of licenses for 21 postal and courier services out of the 266 licensed postal and courier services in the country.

“CAK plans to revoke the licenses granted to the licensees because of the non-compliance of the applicable license conditions,” CAK stated in a Gazette notice.

This move will deny the companies rights to operate or provide any services.

The authority further noted that the revocation of these licenses might affect the public and local authorities, firms, persons, or bodies of persons within the country.

The companies affected include Tahmeed Courier, Masterpiece Courier Services Limited, Randa Coach, National Cargo Limited, Arrow Industries Ltd, Tencent Courier Ltd, Paynet Wireless Ltd, Speedex Logistics Ltd, and Modern Coast Courier.

Other companies also listed by the Authority are Prime Group Limited, Transcounty Couriers, Amana Parcels and Courier Services, Global Freight Logistics, and Henkab Courier Services.

However, the agency gave room for complaints and any objections towards the revocation of the licenses.

“Any legal or natural person or group of individuals who are desirous of making any representation or any objection to the said revocation of licenses as aforementioned must do so through a letter addressed to the Director of General Communications Authority of Kenya, stating the Licence Category on the cover enclosing it,” CA noted.

CA is the regulatory authority for the communications sector in Kenya established by the Kenya Information and Communications Act, 1998 in 1999.

The body is mandated to facilitate the development of the information and communications sectors, including broadcasting, telecommunications, multimedia, cybersecurity, postal, courier services, and electronic commerce.

It is also responsible for licensing all systems and services in the communications industry, including courier, broadcasting, telecommunications, and postal services.

About 80 percent of e-commerce purchases are delivered across courier networks, passenger transport vehicles, freelance courier riders, logistics companies, and drivers.

Only 20 percent are picked from the physical store, shop, or office since consumers seek convenience.

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