SIM Card Switch Off: CA To Meet Telcos Over Deadline

Director General Ezra Chiloba of the Kenya Communications Authority says the Authority will consult mobile network operators on the possibility of extending the SIM card registration exercise.

Speaking after launching the USF Voice infrastructure connectivity project on Thursday in Masol, West Pokot County, Chiloba said there would be a meeting to address on the way forward.

“We will have a meeting this evening to deliberate ways in which we can help citizens register. The sim cards might be switched off tomorrow but we will listen to the operators because it was their obligation to re-register the sim cards afresh and ensure that persons seeking to do so submit all of the required details as mandated by law,” said Chiloba.

People with SIM cards that haven’t been registered, as well as those who have been registered using other people’s information, are among those targeted, according to Chiloba. 

He gave the example of parents and guardians registering SIM cards in their names for minors to use. 

Kenyans took to Twitter throughout the week to express their displeasure with the decision to require re-registration.

To some extent, some linked the process to the forthcoming General elections, given his past at the IEBC.

However, Chiloba told off critics saying that unregistered simcards were being used to fan cybercrime and fraud.