The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) Director-General Ezra Chiloba has said that those who fail to register their SIM cards by April 15, 2022 with respective telecommunication service providers will face a fine of up to Sh300,000 or serve a jail term of six months or both.
He stated that the move is to enforce the SIM card registration regulations of 2015 aimed at combating cybercrime and fraud in the digital space.
There would be no extension so those still dragging their feet should wake up to the reality and register with their respective telecom service providers or face permanent deactivationEzra Chiloba
The CA DG said there would be no unregistered SIM cards on any of the telcom service providers that would be in operation beyond April 15.
We want before the end of April all the networks to be cleaned up by deactivating all unregistered and improperly registered SIM cards from the networksEzra Chiloba
He said Kenya will join other countries in the world that have developed similar policies and collected biometric data through a registration process by telecom companies in a bid to boost cybersecurity.
At the same time, Chiloba warned parents against registering SIM cards with their credentials for their children who are above 18 years to operate.
Chiloba spoke to the media at Pride Inn Paradise Beach Resort and Spa in Mombasa while attending this year’s annual Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Kenya chapter conference.