Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Ezra Chiloba changes tune on sim card registration

Communication Authority (CA) director Ezra Chiloba has changed his tune in regard to sim card registration in the country.

Speaking on the new regulations, Chiloba noted that registration of sim cards only applies to those who have not registered before.

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The statement is contrary to his initial sentiments that warned unregistered Kenyans that they face a fine of Ksh 300,000 or face a jail term of six months after the April 15th deadline.

The news angered a number of Kenyans who sought to understand why they should register for the second time when they already did so when purchasing the sim card.

One Kenyan by the Eliud Karanja moved to the high court seeking orders to stop the ongoing sim card registration exercise terming it uncostitutional.

“A declaration that the Directive from the 1st Respondent for the 1st and 2nd Respondents and the Interested Party to carry out fresh registration of their existing and already registered mobile telephone service subscribers is unconstitutional and, therefore, null and void,” read the statement

Former Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President Nelson Havi sort to understand why he needed to register afresh when his provider has his ID details. He continued by daring Safaricom to disconnect his line.

“Dear Safaricom PLC, I acknowledge your text to update my SIM Card registration to avoid disconnection. I understand the cost of update is Kshs 300. You have my ID Card with which the SIM Card was registered. I will take legal action against you, should my line be disconnected.”

No Kenyan should be inconvenienced or put to unnecessary expense even for Kshs 1 by mobile phone services providers. It is time we said NO to this nonsense. Let us see if Safaricom will disconnect the over 10M subscribers if we all say NO this unlawful and unwarranted demand. Said Havi

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