In the past 3 months I have found out 3 of my friends are either pregnant or just delivered a baby. The latter group culd seriously give MI5 a run for their pounds. This is a humongous no. of persons within my network since I did not see any of it coming. I like to think I can tell human nature accurately and am generally able to read people (not like this lie to me dood but you get my drift.)
This turn of events has made me start feeling old. so now I know 3 new mothers. Three new innocent minds to be spoilt. Three new series of good and bad decisions. Three new lives. Three new future tax payers. Three new mouths to feed. I suppose the grind must go on. Contrary to popular belief, consistently flogged by religions, the universe does not exist to serve humanity. We are tenants with a brutally short stint in this apartment we call Life. These three kids will be reading about Ocampo in history books. They will wonder why phones had keypads. They will be shocked that there was a time twitter and facebook didnt exist. And they will think we are ancient and so not with it.
Congratulations to all the new Mothers out there and good luck!
Yes. Mwangi the conspirator is back with a big fat bang.
Common knowledge and/or wisdom alludes to the fact that we have 4 telecom operators with licenses to operate in the country. This Would be Orange, Safaricom, Airtel and Yu.
Orange is primarily Government owned at 51% while France telecom holds 49%
Airtel is wholly owned by Bharti Airtel an Indian company with indian habits and psyche
When we come to Yu things get sugary and spicy, not necessarily nice and there is definetely some chemical X.
Yu is described as a subsidiary of the Indian based Essar group. Details of local ownership are scanty. Now a little digging on wikipedia shows that the telecoms subsidiary of the Essar group is majority owned by the Vodafone group at 67% while the Essar group holds 33%. The wikipedia articles can be found here and here
Ofcourse nothing is illegal here (I think. . ) but what is the wisdom in the regulator allowing one conglomerate to have controlling power of two telcos in the same market? isn’t this a case of fake competition? The only real competition in this case is Airtel, and Orange. Safaricom and Yu dance to the tune of the same master.
Turns out Yu is owned by the mother company Essar not the Vodafone-Essar subsidiary. Put down your pikes. We ain’t rioting today.