The Communication Authority of Kenya has issued a clarification statement on the ongoing countrywide registration of SIM cards saying not everyone is required to register their details afresh. The regulator had directed mobile service providers to ensure that all their subscribers register their identity details afresh and in person.
“The major complaint we have had is the requirement of photos and everything. The regulations do not anticipate that we are going to take a photograph of you. “And so if you are duly registered, then you do not need to go to your operator and service provider to get re-registered,” said CA director-general Ezra Chiloba, at the Kuza Awards held at a Nairobi hotel yesterday.
CA said earlier that all Kenyans must have their information updated with their respective telco service providers before the April 15, and if one fails to comply, their sim numbers would be suspended for a period of 90 days to give them time to re-register, failure to which the telcos would be directed to release the numbers to the market.
Safaricom has asked its customers to visit their nearest shops to register their details while Airtel and Telkom have encouraged their customers to upload their details online. However, the compliance level by Kenyans on SIM card registration is not good, according to CA. By dialing *106#, you can find out what numbers are registered to your line and that, in my opinion, should be a confirmation that you are dully registered.