Telkom Kenya to lay off 500 workers

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Aldo Mareuse, Telkom Kenya chief executive. FILE PHOTO | NMG Aldo Mareuse, Telkom Kenya chief executive. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Telecommunications company Telkom Kenya is set to lay off 500 workers in a cost restructuring plan.

The company said it had issued a 30-day statutory notice to regulators and stakeholders, including the Ministry of Labour, of its intention to declare 500 of its employees redundant.

“To enable Telkom to invest more into the growth and sustainability of its business, it must align its cost structure and skill-set with its strategy…

“This requires Telkom to restructure its business, and as a result, this will impact the current and long-term needs of its workforce,” the company stated in a statement on Friday

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Telkom said it had set its sights to become the number two telco in the market, citing its revamped strategy and Sh14 billion investment since 2016 in expanding its network coverage, 4G service and mobile money platform, T-Kash.

The company is currently the smallest behind Safaricom #ticker:SCOM and Bharti Airtel’s Kenyan unit.

It is 60 per cent owned by London-based Helios Investment, with the rest of the shares held by the Kenyan government.

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