Murang’a Shuttle Services is among 13 entities that were raided by the Authority in a nationwide crackdown on illegal postal/courier services.

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has raided 13 illegal postal/courier operators in a nationwide crackdown to weed out unlicensed service providers.

CA’s enforcement officers have in the past two weeks combed Muranga, Kirinyaga, Laikipia, Marsabit, Isiolo and Meru counties in which members of the 13 entities, mostly matatu cooperatives, were arrested and charged in court on diverse dates.

The suspects were charged with operating postal services without a valid licence contrary to section 67(d) of the Kenya Information and Communication Act No. 2 of 1998.

The entities affected include Murang’a Shuttle, Mt. Kenya Shuttle, Empire Logistics, Nanaisio Shuttle Sacco Ltd, Inana Sacco, Liban Bus Services, Machi Modern Bus, Waso Liner Bus, Moyale Star Executive Bus and Northern City Coaches.

Others are Moyale Liner Bus Services, Kensilver Express and Moyale Raha Transporters.

CA Director General Mr. Francis Wangusi has issued a stern warning to those operating courier services through such entities without the requisite courier licence adding that anyone intending to start any business in the ICT industry must obtain the relevant license from the Authority.

‘‘It’s an offense, punishable by a fine not exceeding Ksh. 200,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or to both, to offer postal services without a relevant licence from CA. Members of the public are cautioned to only seek services from persons holding relevant valid license from the authority,’’ said Mr.Wangusi.

Operators are expected to display the licence authorizing them to offer particular ICT services and where in doubt, consumers are encouraged to verify with the Authority.

Prospective licensees and members of the public can acquaint themselves with regulations governing the operation of a postal/courier establishments from the Authority’s website

‘‘Consumers are also advised to keep receipts from any transactions to facilitate complaint resolution in case of any dispute with respect to ICT goods or services,’’ added Mr.Wangusi.

The Authority is in the process of degazetting non-compliant courier licensees.

The crackdown on illegal postal/courier operators continues in other parts of the country.