Communication Authority of Kenya CEO Ezra Chiloba has clarified SIM card registration after an uproar by a section of Kenyans.
In a statement on Friday, Chiloba said that if users were duly registered with their service providers, they did not need to go back to get re-registered.
“If you’re duly registered, you do not need to go to your operator to get re-registered. So the question should be how do we know we’re duly registered? I think that’s the concern everyone has,” Chiloba said.
The former IEBC CEO noted that users of various service providers can know if they’re duly registered by dialling *106#.
“You might have received a message *106#. That code is that will enable you to verify whether or not you’re duly registered,” Chiloba added.
He said that there are about 65 million SIM cards in operation across the country, a number that exceeds the population of Kenya.
Chiloba noted that there would be no extension of the April 15 deadline urging users who have not been registered to do so before the deadline.
"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 stated.
A number of Kenyans have been raising concerns about why their service providers need the registration details yet they provided them when securing the SIM cards.