CCK warns on reactivating fake phones

Only a week after Kenya’s fake phone switch-off, vendors are reported to be reactivating the phones.

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has warned that harsh punishment will be meted out to those found guilty of circumventing the counterfeit phone switch off.

Services to around 1.4 million unregistered and counterfeit phones in the country were cut off last week. However, within days, reports began surfacing that vendors were illegally reactivating the services by duplicating IMEI numbers.

CCK Director General Francis Wangusi has warned that culprits risk up to five years’ imprisonment or a fine of KES1 million.

“We have sensitised everyone that it is illegal to sell such equipment. If they try to perpetuate it, they will face the law,” Wangusi said.

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