The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) is set to revoke licences for 21 postal and courier companies.
In a Kenya Gazette notice dated March 5, 2021, CA gave the 21 firms seven days to raise objections, failure to which the licences would be revoked.
Pursuant to the provisions of the Kenya Information and Communications Act, the Communications Authority of Kenya will revoke the licence for the following operators within seven days from the date of this gazette noticesaid CA.
Among the companies facing the wrath of the CA include Modern Coast Courier Ltd, Bolloré Transport and Logistics, Skynet World Express, Global Freight Logistics, Randa Coach and Tahmeed Courier Ltd.
Others are Kingson Auto Motors, National Cargo Ltd, Tencent Courier Ltd and DK Express Ltd.
The licences, once revoked, shall deny the service providers to operate and provide the services as indicated. The revocation of these licenses may affect the public and local authorities, companies, persons or bodies or persons within the countryadded CA.
This comes at a time the government is looking to protect the State-owned Postal Corporation of Kenya (PCK), which is struggling with dwindling fortunes.
In a bid to increase its revenue streams, PCK in 2020 raised prices for sending letters in and outside the country by 60 percent.
The prices for sending letters within the country weighing a kilogramme and two kilogrammes increased to Ksh335 from Ksh200, and Ksh2,345 to the rest of the continent, up from Ksh1,855.