Tech –Government of Kenya now allows every Kenyan to have a maximum of only 10 SIM cards being part of its efforts to reduce misuse of SIM cards in the country.
Adults in the country will have to produce proper identification through their Identity cards, birth documents and passports for verification during registration process .
Ministry of ICT has stated that in the revised draft of the Kenya Information and Communication (Registration of Telecommunications Service Subscribers) Regulations, 2022, all subscribers will only be allowed to have not more than 10 SIM cards.
The regulator has also pronounced itself on minors who want to own phones that their guardians or parents will have to provide documentation from both sides and updated at the age of 18.
Telcos – Safaricom, Airtel, Telkom – have been granted authority to deactivate SIM cards for subscribers if they detect that a client had provided misleading information. This will however be done after notifying those who have not complied through an SMS.
“It is the responsibility of the operators who will advise on whether to switch off the unregistered lines or probably give an extension and allow as many Kenyans as possible to register,” CA’s Director General, Ezra Chiloba, stated.
Government pushed registration period upto October 15, 2022 in which every Kenyan should update their details either physically or through specific online platforms.
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