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Kenyans on several media platforms have come out to express their opinions on why they root for the merger of two popular telkoms in the country.
This follows an announcement made by Airtel and Telkom on February 8, 2019 that the two mobile operators would merge in efforts to give Kenyans more quality and affordable services.
However, the duo have accused leading telkom Safaricom of interfering with the merging process.
Last week, Airtel and Telkom released a joint press statement accusing Safaricom of undermining the merger process with Safaricom acting CEO Michael Joseph denying claims of the said interference.
But sparing the press statement drama between the rival telecoms, Kenyans stormed on Twitter to support the merger with many of them stating how important the merger will be to Kenyans.
Here is a sample of those views.
The merger is an effort to improve its internal structure, to improve the sector at large by increasing the rate of competition in the sector #AirtelTelkom
— Getrude (@TraceyIva) September 3, 2019
Safaricom is said to be in panic mode over Telkom’s merger which is expected to create a stronger challenger to Safaricom’s 65% market share that has curbed competition.#AirtelTelkom Photo Courtesy 📷 pic.twitter.com/t0G5Ui9WwR
— Kevo Nga'sh (@AShKevo) September 3, 2019
Nikikumbuka vile bundle's huwa zinanyonywa manze inanipea motisha ya kungoja hii merger. Hope this will be of more benefits to the subscribers. #AirtelTelkom
— The Junior Chief™ (@EdwinCheruh) September 3, 2019
Why do we always think of negative stuffs instead of positive? The #AirtelTelkom merger is good for all us, think of this, better data and call rates!
— yvonne (@ms_ambete) September 3, 2019
After Safaricom single-handedly enslaved Kenyans with expensive rates and overrated services, they want to stop the #AirtelTelkom merger which comes to help Kenyans get the value for their money. pic.twitter.com/2JEatHzVla
— The Wilderness Voice™ 🇰🇪 (@WanjikuVoice) September 3, 2019
One benefit of ending up with a duopoly in the telco industry is, As a result of the competition between duopoly businessmen, consumers are the ones who are favored because monopoly prices have been eliminated. This is why the #AirtelTelkom merger should be encouraged.
— Mbiriti❄ (@muthonimbiriti) September 5, 2019
— WesternLegends001 (@Masibayi_24) September 4, 2019