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Why Remotasks, An Online Jobs Platform has Terminated its Operations in Kenya Weeks After President Ruto Commended it

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Remotasks is a platform that offers remote job opportunities, and has been a lifeline for many Kenyans who are unemployed or seeking to supplement their income

Remotasks, the global company known for its micro-tasking platform that has been a significant player in the gig economy, has announced the cessation of its operations in Kenya

The company sent out an email to its Kenyan users, obtained by the news desk, stating the immediate discontinuation of its services in the country.

“We are reaching out with an important announcement regarding Remotasks operations in your location. We are discontinuing operations in your current location effective immediately. As part of this change, you will be off-boarded from your current project,” the communication read in part.

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Remotasks has been an innovative platform that offers remote work to individuals across the globe, including Kenyans.

Users could sign up to perform tasks such as image annotation, data entry, and language translation services.

This platform has been especially crucial in providing flexible work opportunities for many Kenyans, allowing them to earn an income remotely, even in rural areas with limited job opportunities.

The impact of Remotasks in Kenya has been substantial. It has contributed to the economy by enabling individuals to work from home, reducing unemployment rates, and providing a supplementary income for many

or many Kenyans, the platform was more than just a source of income; it was a stepping stone towards upskilling and integrating into the digital economy.

With the rise of remote work due to the global pandemic, Remotasks provided a timely solution for work continuity, even amidst restrictions and lockdowns.

The cessation of services is expected to have significant implications such as an immediate income loss for the current users, who depended on the platform for their daily earnings.

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This comes just months after President William Ruto highlighted the success story a Kenyan student, Brian Kipchumba who was earning through the platform.

Ruto had visited Kaiboi National Polytechnic in January to launch an ICT program where he was introduced to Kipchumba, who demonstrated how he was able to earn an income through the platform.

A number of Kenyans were not happy with the spotlight the platform was getting, saying that it would invite more scrutiny, especially at a time when the government is looking to broaden its tax base.

He said that Brian, despite never having left his village nor visited Nairobi, and without a passport, has managed to secure employment with an AI company.

“He has never been to the city of Nairobi but because of technology, the internet and electricity, he now works, not for a supermarket, but for an AI company in Germany,” President Ruto spoke.

He explained that this was made possible through the digital revolution in Kenya, enabling individuals like Brian to connect with global opportunities from the comfort of their homes.

Samuel Musila
Samuel Musila
Passionate Software Developer and Tech content creator From Nairobi, Kenya

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