Mobile Phone Company CEOs warned over unregistered Sim-cards
30 July 2014, 20:45
Nairobi – The Information, Communication and Technology
(ICT) Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i has warned CEOs of mobile phone
services against activating unregistered Sim-cards which he said they risk
Matiang’i said the CEOs should adhere to the government’s
directive of ensuring that mobile phone users’ sim-cards are registered before
activation to help the government in combating the rising cases of insecurity
where criminals use unregistered lines to commit crime.
“If the communication operator doesn’t ensure registration
of sim-cards before activation, then the CEO should be jailed,” said Matiang’i.
He asserted that social media meant to discuss
development-oriented issues and unite people has been grossly abused by Kenyans
who in turn use it to propagate ethnic divisions to polarize the country.
“Citizens gross abuse of social media is phenomenon and they
should observe morality not negative ethnicity and hatred in social media
interactions,” said Matiang’i.
“No one should blame or regret for being born in a certain
tribe and originating from a certain region. I wonder how one disagrees with a
certain leader then abuses the whole community for falling apart with one
person,” he added.
The ICT CS also said county government should stop
compelling his ministry to provide them with broadcasting rights to set up
their own stations and held that the procedure should be duly followed as
provided in the constitution, and Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK) license
“Counties should know that we will not rush into providing
them with their requested broadcasting licenses without following the laid down
procedures lest it comes to hurt the nation. We need to consult with the
Parliament and other key communication regulators before providing the licenses
to the counties,” stated Matiang’i.
He added that with the inauguration of the newly appointed
Board of Directors for the reformed Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK), his
ministry intends to achieve beyond the current 17% broadband services access in
He challenged the CAK directors curb the issue of cybercrime
especially hacking of both government and people’s accounts to ensure social
media is safe for use.
On expanding ICT infrastructure in counties, Matiang’i
warned the governors against putting restrictive levies on accessing the
services which in turn limits expansion of the broadband in counties.
The Chairman, Senate Committee for Energy, Information and
Communication, Mutahi Kagwe called on the CAK directors to ensure equity in
transmission of ICT services across the entire country to enhance
“Marginalized areas should be covered with communication
network to avoid cases of users having to climb trees to make emergency calls
or communicate. We would like to hear that people in Kajiado access network for
communication effectively,” said Kagwe.
The CAK Director-General, Francis Wangusi said the Authority
will keenly monitor the all broadcast content of local stations to ensure they
don’t give much time in airing foreign content at the expense of local content.
“The CAK will independently ensure broadcast content and
media standards are set and regulated. I call upon all broadcast programmers to
set up a body to collaboratively work with CAK on promoting local content,”
The Communication sector officers were speaking during the
inauguration of Board of Directors of the CAK to be chaired by Ngene Gituku,and
the Universal Service Advisory Council (USAC) to be headed by Catherine Ngahu.
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