The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has now extended the SIM card registration deadline by 6 months to October 15, 2022.
The Ezra Chiloba-led State agency said operators, as well as users who will still be unregistered by the lapse of the new deadline, will now be fined.
The authority had on Thursday said it would consult mobile network operators on the possibility of extending the SIM card registration exercise to give customers an opportunity to validate respective details of registration.
Speaking at Masol area in West Pokot County after launching the USF Voice infrastructure connectivity project, Chiloba reiterated the ban on hawking of SIM cards by unregistered dealers saying the authority’s aim is to deal with fraudsters.
“We will have a meeting this evening to deliberate ways in which we can help citizens register. The SIM cards might be switched off tomorrow but we will listen to the operators because it was their obligation to re-register the SIM cards afresh and ensure that persons seeking to do so submit all of the required details as mandated by law,” said Chiloba.
Last week, Chiloba alluded that not all Kenyans would have to re-register their SIM cards ahead of the April 15, deadline.
According to the CA boss, those targeted are people with SIM cards that haven’t been registered; and those that are registered using other people’s details.