Corporate News From Africa

  1. Safaricom starts reverse calling:

About 31 million Safaricom  customers are now able to make reverse calls in a move allowing subscribers to foot bills for calls made by loved ones. The service enables a caller to transfer the cost of a call to the receiver by adding ‘#’ before the number they are dialing. For instance, to transfer the cost of the call to 0722000000, a customer is required to dial #0722000000.“This innovation is in line with this commitment and has been tailored to mirror the relationships between our customers with a goal of empowering them to always remain connected with their loved ones,” Safaricom’s chief customer officer Sylvia Mulinge said in a statement yesterday. Ms Mulinge said that the reverse call feature works in such a way that a customer receiving a reverse call request will see the caller’s details appear on the screen as normal, but once they pick the call, they will receive a voice prompt asking them to key in “1” to accept the reverse call.

  • Win for firm in trademark row with state agency:

The High Court in Mombasa has quashed a decision by the Registrar of Trademarks to expunge a trademark belonging to a solar firm in a bitter dispute pitting the company against the Anti-Counterfeit Agency (ACA).Justice Eric Ogola quashed the decision made on September 3 last year, which rectified the register by expunging Uwin Investment Africa Company Ltd.’s ‘GDLITE’ trademark from the register. The judge also declared that the ACA’s decision to seize and detain two containers with Uwin Investment Africa Company Ltd.’s goods bearing its trademark was unlawful and a breach of the company’s right to a fair hearing. “The Registrar of Trademarks decision is tainted with procedural impropriety, falls short of the requirement envisaged under Article 47 (2) of the Constitution and Section 4 (3) b of the Fair Administrative Action Act 2015,” said Justice Ogola adding that the decision was null and void.He further ruled that ACA took into consideration irrelevant matters in arriving at its decision to seize and prefer criminal charges against Uwin Investments Africa Company Ltd.’s officers.

  • Carrefour moves to fill Nakumatt void in Uganda:

French retailer Carrefour is set to open its first branch in Kampala as it moves to take up space previously occupied by struggling Kenyan retailer Nakumatt. Carrefour, whose local franchise is held by Dubai-based conglomerate Majid Al Futtaim, said the store set to be opened in the next few months at Oasis Mall in Kampala will employ about 150 locals. It will stock fast-moving consumer goods such as packaged foods, beverages and electronics among other household items. In a statement Tuesday, Majid Al Futtaim chief executive Hani Weiss described the planned opening of the new store in Kampala as a key milestone in the firm’s East Africa expansion plans. “Uganda is considered one of the fastest growing economies in Africa, and we are delighted to partner with local stakeholders to offer a world-class retail experience to the Ugandan community, specifically tailored to their needs,” he said.

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