Ezra Chiloba maintains unregistered lines will be switched off 

Ezra Chiloba has maintained that the unregistered lines will be switched off if not registered.

The Kenyan Communications Authority (CA) has stated that customers who do not register their SIM cards by the deadline would be disconnected from the network.

CA Director General Ezra Chiloba said there will be no extension for Sim registration for the launch of the KUZA Awards on Friday.

Chiloba urged Kenyans to participate in the registration process, claiming that it aims to improve the country’s communication sector services for the greater good.

“If you don’t do that (register) the telcos are going to switch you off. Looking at the situation across the country, the compliance rate is not good at all which means the risks are even much higher,” he said.

He pointed out that there is no need for Kenyans to be upset about being requested for images during the registration process because the same people frequently share them on social media.

Because they submitted the essential information while registering their SIM cards for the first time, some Kenyans have expressed reservations about the SIM registration procedure.

Chiloba appeared to fault Kenyans for having a penchant for a last-minute rush in doing things while saying the registration exercise began in January.

“As usual what happens in this country is that people are very active towards the deadline but the campaigns for registration started in January and they were being led by the telcos themselves.”

The CA Director-General noted though the compliance rate is low, the set deadline of April 15 won’t be extended.

He added: “For the last two years, we have been working with operators by largely issuing directives to ensure that subscribers are properly registered for them to be able to access communication services for the greater good of our society”.

The Former IEBC CEO revealed that Kenya has a total of 65 million registered SIM cards, a fact that he says must not be handled lightly considering the country has a population of about 50 million people.

“This means each and every person in this country including the newborn has a number attached to them. But we know some of us to have more than one SIM card. Some registered and others not,” he said.

However, a petition has already been filed in an attempt to halt the exercise, which has a deadline of April 15th.

Also read,

All What You Need For SIM Card Registration, Communication Authority

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