Mpesa Charges 2020: Safaricom Mpesa Rates & Tariffs

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Here are the updated Mpesa charges 2020 which include: Mpesa Withdrawal charges, Mpesa Rates and other Mpesa transaction charges. The current Safaricom Mpesa charges depend upon the amount you withdraw.

So if you want to know the current Mpesa tariffs read on.

Mpesa Charges 2020

Here are the new Mpesa charges for the different scenarios:

Mpesa withdrawal charges 2020

The following is a list of Withdrawal charges Mpesa:

Minimum Ksh Maximum Ksh M-PESA Charges Ksh
1 49 N/A
50 100 10
101 500 27
501 1,000 28
1,001 1,500 28
1,501 2,500 28
2,501 3,500 50
3,501 5,000 67
5,001 7,500 84
7,501 10,000 112
10,001 15,000 162
15,001 20,000 180
20,001 35,000 191
35,001 50,000 270
50,001 70,000 300

The above table is for Mpesa Withdrawal charges in 2020.

Mpesa sending charges to unregistered users

These are the Mpesa sending charges 2020:

Minimum Ksh Maximum Ksh M-PESA Charges
1 49 N/A
50 100 N/A
101 500 45
501 1,000 49
1,001 1,500 59
1,501 2,500 74
2,501 3,500 112
3,501 5,000 135
5,001 7,500 166
7,501 10,000 205
10,001 15,000 265
15,001 20,000 288
20,001 25,000 309
25,001 35,000 303
35,001 50,000 N/A
50,001 70,000 N/A

The above is the Mpesa charges for sending money to unregistered users.

Mpesa charges for sending money to Mpesa users

Minimum Ksh Maximum Ksh M-PESA Charges
1 49 Free
50 100 Free
101 500 11
501 1,000 15
1,001 1,500 26
1,501 2,500 41
2,501 3,500 56
3,501 5,000 61
5,001 7,500 77
7,501 10,000 87
10,001 15,000 97
15,001 20,000 102
20,001 35,000 105
35,001 50,000 105
50,001 70,000 105

Mpesa transactions rates: ATM withdrawal

The following are the M-Pesa transaction charges for ATM Withdrawal:

Minimum Ksh Maximum Ksh M-PESA Charges
200 2,500 34
2,501 5,000 67
5,001 10,000 112
10,001 20,000 197


New M-Pesa charges

Mpesa Charges
Image Source: Nairobi News

Safaricom implemented the new Mpesa rates after the Kenyan government proposed a 2% increase in the excise duty charged on service providers. This increase forced Safaricom to adjust upwards the amount they charge you to transact Mpesa.

The following are the Mpesa charges for sending money that was updated in 2018 by Safaricom LLC.

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  • The maximum Account Balance one can maintain Ksh 100,000
  • The maximum Daily Transaction Value is Ksh 140,000. The maximum per transaction is KSHs.70,000.
  • No withdrawal for Ksh 50 at a Mpesa agent or ATM outlet
  • Your Safaricom line and Mpesa account must be active to transact
  • No direct deposits are allowed into other Mpesa customer’s accounts.
  • You earn Bonga points when transacting on Mpesa.

You can use the M-Pesa menu on your phone for services like:

  • Buying airtime for yourself or someone else
  • Paying Bills and services through the Lipa Na Mpesa Menu
  • Buy Goods and Services and so many other things.

Mpesa charges in 2020

To register or transact at any Mpesa Agent outlet, you will be required to produce your National ID, Passport, Military ID, Diplomatic ID or Alien ID/Foreigner Certificate for identification purposes.

Read also: How to Fuliza Mpesa

Lipa Na Mpesa Charges

Lipa Na Mpesa is a service that allows you to buy and pay for goods and services quickly through the Mpesa menu on your phone and also to Pay Bills like Electricity, water, Rent, Parking, NHIF, Insurance, etc

Read also: How to get Monthly Mpesa statements on your email

To use Lipa Na Mpesa when buying goods, go to the Mpesa Menu, select Lipa Na Mpesa and choose to Buy Goods and services, then enter the Till Number provided by the MerchantMerchant then follow following prompts to complete the transactions.

Charges for Buy Good and Services

For the customer buying goods, the service is free; however, for the MerchantMerchant, a small fee of 1% of the transaction value is charged on every transaction. This charged value is recovered by Safaricom when the Merchant moves his collections from the Till. You should receive confirmation messages from Mpesa. For Paying Bills Select PayBill, enter pay bill number, account, and amount.

This is a cash collection service that allows organizations to collect money regularly from your customers through Mpesa.

Lipa Na Mpesa charges differ from standard Mpesa fees and other transaction charges. You can use the service to pay between 50 shillings and Ksh 70,000. To check for Lipa Na Mpesa charges:

  • Dial *234# on your phone
  • Select option 2, “My Mpesa Information.”
  • Choose option two again, “Tariff Query.”
  • Select Option 5 “Lipa Na Mpesa”
  • Enter Paybill Number or Merchant Till Number
  • Enter the amount charged by the business

You will receive an SMS notification for the cost of the transaction for that amount to that Pay bill number. Note that, for Lipa Na Mpesa Charges, You need the business Playbill number/ Merchant Till number to find the corresponding Lipa Na Mpesa charges.

When shopping online, select Lipa Na Mpesa mode of payment from the available methods, follow the steps provided to complete to transaction.

You only need your Bonga PIN to validate payments using Lipa Na Mpesa online, secure Bonga Points transfer, and purchase of Data Bundles via Mpesa.

To get your Bonga point PIN,

For Prepaid customers, dial *126*5# and provide relevant information.
For PostPaid, customers call line 200 for assistance. If you need to change your Bonga PIN, Dial *126*5#, and use the options offered. Contact Safaricom for a fast response.

Revised Lipa Na M-Pesa charges (2020)

Recently, Safaricom reviewed the Lipa Na M-Pesa charges by reducing them from 1% of the total amount sent to 0.5% of the total amount emitted. Having cut the costs by half is a symbol of social responsibility that Safaricom has exemplified. It is not like they do not enjoy the profits. But sympathizing with the stakeholders is one virtue that cannot be taken for granted.

However, the charges will not apply for Petrol Station pay bills and gaming merchants. For payments above Ksh 40,000, there will be a flat fee of Ksh 200. However, transactions below 200/= will not be charged. Presently, Mpesa has over 24milllion customers across the country, 114000 M-Pesa Agents, and 54,000 merchants, which is a reasonable threshold that is growing by the day.



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