We need to talk about Kenya... and Nigerian law enforcement

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November 2, 2023
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2 min read

This week on the Techpoint Africa Podcast, we look at tech news from the African continent. Or more specifically Kenya and Nigeria.

The stories:

  • Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arrests 78 Obafemi Awolowo University students
  • Kenyans to transact using fingerprint and iris by December 2023
  • Kenya opens first smartphone factory
  • Bolt ordered to pay a driver over $6k 
  • Fidelity Bank restores transfers to neobanks

It was an all Kenya affair on this podcast. But first, we made a quick stopover in Nigeria to discuss recent news of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arresting over 70 students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).

While some of these students were released, some still remain in detention.

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Then on to Kenya, President William Ruto, has announced that Kenyans will soon gain access to the country's digital IDs. Ruto, who made the announcement at the launch of locally made smartphones, revealed that the IDs are currently being tested ahead of a planned rollout in December 2023.

Still in Kenya, the country has opened its first smartphone assembly plant in Athi River, Machakos, to produce low-cost 4G-enabled Neon 5 ‘Smarta’ and 6 ½ ‘Ultra’ mobile phones for Kenyans.

Our last story in Kenya is the Transport Licencing Appeals Board ordering Bolt Kenya to pay KSh 1 million ($6,629) to Kennedy Wainaina Mbugua — a driver on the ride-hailing platform — on or before November 3.

Finally, we discussed Fidelity Bank restoring transfers to neobanks like OPay, PalmPay, and Moniepoint. Last week, we reported that the bank had restricted services due to KYC concerns and questions were asked around the legality of this action.

Our hosts, Emmanuel Paul, Oluwanifemi Kolawole, and Chimgozirim Nwokoma spoke extensively on these stories while giving important — and sometimes — very passionate insights.

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