Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa now says he will table a motion in parliament compelling mobile telephone operator Safaricom to abolish the expiry date for data and minutes bundles.
Barasa, who was re-elected to President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party, said that the move will be the first step in fulfilling the president’s promises made during the campaigning period.
In a statement on Monday, November 14, Barasa said he wanted Safaricom Company to stop depriving consumers of their unused data based on the data expiry model.
“Going forward, I am going to table the motion in parliament to have Safaricom remove the expiry date for power hour bundles and minutes. We promised and we will deliver,” Barasa said in a Tweet.
Three years ago, Safaricom introduced no expiry for data bundles.
This was after a lawyer had filed a complaint with the Communications and Multimedia Appeals Tribunal against Safaricom, Airtel, and Telkom Kenya.
In his argument, Adrian Kamotho said that the companies are illegally depriving users of unused data bundles through the data expiry system.
He further argued that requiring customers to use their data bundles within a certain period is unreasonable citing certain reasons including poor network coverage in some parts of the country.
During the August 9, presidential campaign, the then Kenya Kwanza flag-bearer William Ruto promised to provide free internet and calls to Kenyans if elected the country’s next President.
“As Kenya Kwanza, we have decided to do as we did with the Last Mile Connectivity electricity program to connect every Kenyan household to the internet.
We will send to every home, market, and school connected with electrical grids. The team has done the math and the project will cost at least Ksh38 billion,” Ruto stated.