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Kenya: Shopper Blocks SA's Shoprite From Leaving Kenya

The High Court has barred South Africa's retail giant, Shoprite, from exiting the Kenyan market until a dispute with a shopper who was injured inside one of its branches is settled.

p The High Court has barred South Africa's retail giant, Shoprite, from exiting the Kenyan market until a dispute with a shopper who was injured inside one of its branches is settled.Shoprite had vehemently opposed granting an order in favour of Mr Maina, saying it is a multi-national company and although it is leaving Kenyan market, it is not under liquidation.Shoprite entered the Kenyan market in 2018 and was set to permanently close its operations end of this month after suffering a loss of Sh3.The order will remain in force pending settlement of the claim by Mr Maina who wants compensation for injuries sustained in the outlet's branch at Garden City Mall, Nairobi.

The respondent has offered to deposit Sh500,000 in court on account of the injuries sustained by Mr Maina," said the judge.The South Africa-based retailer closed its four outlets in Westgate Mall, Garden City, Karen branch and the City Mall branch in Nyali, Mombasa and shed hundreds of jobs after its local operations underperformed.

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