Video: Raila now says Safaricom, Brookside boycott over
Published on: May 01, 2018 02:10 (EAT)
Opposition leader Raila Odinga now says supporters of the National Super Alliance (NASA) are free to use products boycotted after the disputed elections last year. He said Kenyans can now purchase Safaricom, Brookside, Bidco and Haco products following the recent unity talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta. Speaking during the Labour Day celebrations on Tuesday, Raila said the ‘ban’ has now been lifted. “When we were competing politically [shortly after disputed October 26, 2017 poll], we had a lot of anger towards companies which were Jubilee-friendly. “We consequently urged our supporters to boycott products from Safaricom, Brookside, Bidco and Haco Industries. “This is because we were concerned that they may have been helping to usurp the will of the people and assist the Jubilee-led Government to oppress NASA supporters,” he told wananchi who had gathered at Uhuru Park in Nairobi. “But, today, Uhuru and I are working together. We want to iron out issues, correct things which went wrong. We’ve even formed a committee which will see peace and reconciliation reached among our supporters. “And, I therefore, lift the boycott order we had issued against the four firms. We’ve forgiven Safaricom, Bidco, Brookside and Haco. Our people can now trade, use and buy products from these firms,” Raila added. In his address, the NASA leader also urged the government to create a conducive business environment, which will see the cost of living reduce, instead of opting to raise the minimum wage. According to him, due to inflation, even if the minimum wage is raised, the cost of living still rises proportionally.