The Director-General of the Communications Authority (CA) has clarified that not all mobile subscribers have to re-register their SIM cards before the authority’s April 15, 2022 deadline.
Chiloba made the clarification during an interview with a local daily where he also said those the exercise targeted are those whose SIM cards have not yet been registered at all or those registered using other people’s details.
The DG gave the example of the situation where minors have their SIM cards registered with the details of their parents or guardians.
This comes as a relief to most Kenyans who felt the CA was pushing the re-registration exercise down their throats.
A section of them took to social media to express their frustrations over the matter.
The directive made one Eliud Karanja Matingi, a Kenyan living in the United Kingdom sue the authority seeking the court to declare the directive unconstitutional.
Matindi argued the directive was a violation and infringement of the constitution, statutes, regulations and other applicable laws.
The fellow also said it was unconstitutional to have already registered mobile service subscribers re-register.
Matindi challenged part of the registration procedure that requires mobile service subscribers to have their photographs taken during registration.
The authority’s threat to deactivate unregistered SIM cards, Sh300,000 fine and 6-month jail term seem to have had an effect on Kenyans because last-minute rush and long queues have been witnessed across the country.