SIM card agents risk prosecution in new laws
21 October 2013, 12:41
Nairobi - The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) is reviewing regulations that were gazetted earlier this year with a view of prosecuting agents that sell unregistered Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards.
The move comes amidst admission by the CCK that the current mobile phone subscription requirements were inadequate to curb the menace of subscribers using unregistered SIM cards.
Current regulations only target mobile operators for prosecution.
The subsequent use of unregistered SIM cards has seen government probing the country’s leading mobile firms.
“It is only through an enhanced set of the subscriber registration regulations that we will hold any agent selling pre-activated SIM cards as well as subscribers that use SIM cards without registering their personal details with mobile operators liable,” said CCK Director, General Francis Wangusi.
CCK and law enforcers have in recent weeks been arresting culprits for selling SIM cards to customers without taking their personal details.
It is alleged that some of the SIM cards are already in the pre-activated mode that enables the users to use them prior registration contrary to the subscriber regulations introduced early this year.
The regulations are informed by insecurity incidences that have engulfed the country over the last couple of months with the government pledging to address the matter.
A subscriber has to produce their identity particulars and proof of residence to be registered on a particular network.
– CAJ News