HP or Hewlett Packard, who is leaving Kenya?

A technology company is leaving Kenya and indeed the East African market. But the name of the company has made as much headline as the news of its departure. Hewlett Packard had been divided into two companies since 2015.

But which is leaving or staying?

Yes, HPE or rather Hewlett Packard Enterprise is leaving Kenya due to its internal reorganization, according a statement in Kenyan media. It further explained that the company has been dormant and operated as a shell company for years and making loses.

The closure notice has been communicated and published in Kenya, across many local newspapers. The mix up is attributed to the use of HP Inc’s logo instead of HPE.

HP Incorporated or HP Inc known by the logo HP is thriving in Kenya and by extension the East African subregion. The mix up forced it to reassure customers that it is still firmly in Africa. Over the years, it has established offices in many countries like South Africa, Morocco, Kenya, Nigeria, and Tunisia according to a statement signed by Yolanda Zondo and released by Edelman, a communications agency based in South Africa.

The statement went further, by saying, “We would like to apologise to all our stakeholders for the uncertainty and the inconvenience that this story may have caused,” HP said. “We have been in contact with the media houses who carried this story and asked them to retract and update their records accordingly.”

When did HP break up?

This occurred in November of 2015. The breakdown is linked to the rise in demand of mobile devices that have become smarter and offering many functions which rivaled many traditional computing devices like laptops, personal computers and calculators.

This birthed HP and HPE. HP still retains the personal computing, printing technology (3D and conventional printers), and copiers. While HPE took on the enterprise solution(software development and deployment). Both are already trading separately with difference management and supervisory boards.

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