Agents commit to SIM registration law
25 October 2013, 11:44
Nairobi - Agents conducting the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards
are complying with government directives to properly carry out the process.
A survey in Nairobi established the agents were conforming
to the requirements and collating all the data required from potential
subscribers before they could registered them on the network.
“I must ensure that I note down all personal details
before I issue a new SIM card to my client. Times have changed and you may not
know when police officers have laid a trap on you to find out whether you
adhere to the new registration requirements,” said King’ori Kamau, an Airtel
agent in the city.
Agents have previously been blamed for registering
subscribers who did not have all the documents required to complete the
It is compulsory that potential subscribers produce their
identity particulars and proof of residence before they can be registered.
Another agent said mobile network operators had warned
them to insist on these documents and adhere to the law.
Companies can be slapped with three year jail terms or a
fine not exceeding KES 307 000 ($3 529) or both.
The Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) plans to amend
The Kenya Information and Communication Act, CAP 411 A to extend criminal
liability to the agents and users/subscribers of the unregistered SIM cards.
Currently the law only holds the mobile network service
providers liable for the use of unregistered SIM cards.
Recent statistics indicate that there are still over 600 000
unregistered SIM cards in use locally.
The deteriorating security situation in the country, which
was abated by the use of unregistered SIM cards by criminal elements especially
in kidnapping cases, informed the government’s directive to register all SIM
The CCK and mobile service companies have in recently joined
government in campaigns to ensure all subscribers register their cards.