You Will Be Jailed For Six Months Or Fined Sh.100, 000 For Losing Your Sim Card

Persons who lose SIM cards and fail to report to the police as well as those buying SIM cards from hawkers are likely to land behind bars or part with Sh.100, 000. This comes after the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) published a notice warning mobile phone users against buying SIM cards from unauthorized persons, failing to report lose of SIM Cards and not registering SIM cards. According to the commission, failing to register a SIM card amounts to contravening section 27c of the Kenya Communications Act, 1998. “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,” read the notice in part.

It is also expected that you report the loss of your SIM card just like the national identity card to the relevant authorities as soon as possible. “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,” adds the notice. Anyone who does not adhere to this will be jailed for six months in prison or a fine of Sh100, 000 or both.

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