A new law has just been passed in Kenya, that if you do not register your SIM cards, you would go to jail or pay a fine of Sh100, 000.
According to Nairobi news, the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) stated that buying of SIM cards from hawkers, as well as using a SIM card that is not registered contravenes section 27c of the Kenya Communications Act, 1998.
The law was said to have been put in place by a task force team inaugurated by President Uhuru Kenyatta, in 2013.
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The law states that: “When buying a SIM card, demand that the vendor registers your particulars; provide a copy of your ID and ensure correct particulars are registered; report any change of your particulars as soon as possible to your provider for an update. If you lose your SIM card, report to the nearest police station as soon as possible and obtain an abstract; do not allow a stranger to use your SIM card. If a stranger is in distress and requires assistance, make the call yourself, Defaulters will either be convicted to six months in prison or a fine of Sh100, 000 or both.”