Stiff penalties for use of unregistered SIM card
15 January 2014, 10:16
Nairobi - The communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) has drawn new rules to regulate the selling and use of SIM cards.
Under the rules that will be gazzeted soon, anyone who will be found using an unregistered SIM card will be charged KES 300,000 or be jailed for six months, The Standard reports.
Furthermore, a person who will be found to have given false information to the operators while registering the SIM cards would be fined KES 100,000 or serve a six-month jail term.
The new laws also require mobile operators’ agents found to have sold unregistered SIM cards to part with KES 500,000 or face a 12- month jail term if found guilty of committing the offence.
Under the new rules, a mobile subscriber shall be liable for any activities carried out using a SIM card registered in their name if they could prove that they were not in control of the medium when the activities were being carried out.
The government compels mobile phone subscribers to register their SIM cards as part of plans to combat phone-related crimes.
To register, a subscriber has to produce identity particulars and proof of residence.
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