Two Safaricom employees have been charged in court over the unlawful transfer of customer data belonging to the company. The two were arraigned yesterday before Milimani Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi.

The two, Simon Billy Kinuthia and Brian Njoroge Wamatu, allegedly unlawfully copied and transferred privileged subscribers’ data from Safaricom’s database to a third party, Charles Njuguna Kimani. They allegedly did so diverse dates between May 1 and June 7 at Safaricom Centre in Westlands.

The two also faced a separate count of demanding money after they allegedly demanded Sh300 million from Safaricom. The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The two were released on bail and will be required to present themselves at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations at least twice a week for the next three months.

They were granted Ksh. 2 million bond, with an alternative of Ksh. 1 million cash bail. The hearing was fixed for August 6.

The 2 employees occupy senior positions at the Kenyan telecommunication company. Simon Billy Kinuthia is the Senior Manager, Network and Mobile Money Systems Audit while Brian Njoroge Wamatu is the Head of Regional Expansion, Mobile Money at Safaricom.