The Kenyan Government promulgated regulations that address registration of Subscribers of Telecommunication Services on the 28th of December in 2012. These regulations came into force on 26th January this year.
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According to the regulations, mobile telephone licensees should not activate any new subscribers into their networks before they are registered. As such all unregistered mobile telecommunications subscribers were to be suspended from any service for a period of 90 days after which the SIMs would be completely disabled if not yet registered.
CCK has been monitoring the compliance of the regulations by all players including the mobile operators, their agents and members of the public. Unfortunately, it has come to their notice that some mobile operators or their agents are still selling SIM cards and activating them without registering subscribers contrary to the Regulations.
Francis Wangusi, the Director General of CCK, termed this to be a criminal offence.
"Any person who contravenes these Regulations commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding three hundred thousand shillings, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years, or to both", says Wangusi.
Members of the public and all mobile telephone subscribers are informed that they risk being arrested and prosecuted if found using unregistered SIM cards.
He warned members of the public and all mobile telephone subscribers that they risk being arrested and prosecuted if found using unregistered SIM cards. Subscribers are urged to take care of their SIM cards and be cautious who they allow to use them to communicate. Loss of SIM cards should also be immediately reported to the police or the respective service providers. This would guard them against being held liable for any communication emanating from lines registered under their name. The Commission, with assistance from the police, has moved with speed to arrest mobile operators who are still selling and activating unregistered SIM cards. Further, any active unregistered SIM cards in the market must be switched off immediately, failure to which the service providers will be held liable for the illegal act.
The crack down of the unregistered SIM Cards is on going and CCK will move in after 48 hours to switch off any unregistered SIM cards and also confiscate any SIM cards that are not registered and are not yet in circulation.
Much as communication is a right, it is an offence to violate people's rights by abuse and misuse of communication services. Dr.
The commission continues to receive complaints from members of the public who have received unsolicited and at times offensive calls, SMSs, emails and messages through the internet, and in particular the social media. I wish to inform the public that the Commission, in coordination with relevant organs of Government, is going to be vigilant in cracking down on those engaged in violations of laws governing access and use of communication services.
Members of the public who engage in such undesirable communication are warned and should desist forthwith before the law catches up with them. Any member of the public who receives such undesirable communication is requested to report to the police and produce such communication as evidence to enable the police take further action.
Many crimes worldwide are now being committed through the use of information and communication technology's platforms. It is the responsibility of the Commission to ensure that all our country's ICT platforms are secure from being conduits of crimes. These offenses are not limited to mobile phone only but cover all ICT facilities including radio, television and the Internet.
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