Your SIM Card, And Phone, Might Actually Be Fake Says Communication Authority of Kenya

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The hawking of SIM cards and continued use of counterfeit devices have made it extremely difficult for law enforcement agencies to track down criminals misusing ICT infrastructure says CA Director General Francis Wangusi.
According to a notice by the Authority, mobile operators and subscribers have not been observing the regulations.
“The Authority wishes to remind subscribers that Rule 5 (1) of the Regulations provides that a person who intends to register a SIM Card shall provide the following particulars to the telecommunications operator or agent: full names, identity card, service card, passport or alien card number, date of birth, gender,” he said.

He further added by saying that this situation is unfortunately being fuelled by the fact that some Kenyans use acquaintances, friends or relatives to purchase and register SIM cards on their behalf while it is clear that the law does not allow for proxy registration of SIM cards, which as a matter of fact, attracts a fine of Kshs 100,000 or imprisonment of 6 months or both for providing incorrect information.

To register a SIM card, you need to provide information on;

1. Your full names

2. Identity card, service card, passport or alien card number

3. Date of birth

4. Gender

5. Physical address

6. Postal address, where available

7. Any other registered number

8. An original and a copy of the birth certificate and identity card in respect to the registration of minors

9. Subscriber number in respect of existing subscribers

10. A letter duly sealed by the chief executive officer of the person responsible for the day to day management of the statutory body.”

Mr Wangusi also said subscribers whose SIM cards will be suspended might be reactivated once they submit valid information to their mobile operator in line with Rule five of the regulations.