Kenyan operators cooperating in SIM reg investigations

Kenya’s mobile operators have confirmed that they are cooperating with investigations into SIM registration contraventions.

In a joint statement issued this week, the operators said: “We would like to confirm that the four mobile operators licensed by the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) received communication from the Criminal Investigations Department of the Kenya Police Service requiring the respective CEOs to appear before CID officials to provide information with respect to SIM registration. We can confirm that we are giving the relevant authorities our full cooperation.”

The operators said they were also aware of media reports that the Ministry of Information and Communications through the CCK have directed the Kenya Police Service to pursue criminal proceedings against the CEOs of the respective organisations.

“We wish to inform the general public that since the publication of the SIM registration regulations in January of 2013, the mobile operators continue to maintain and update a registered subscriber base of over 30 million mobile phone users.

All four operators have gone over and above what is required by law by adhering to international standards of mobile systems security. We have also invested heavily in our endeavour to provide a convenient, widely available and secure communications infrastructure to serve the Kenyan population.

As the four mobile operators in Kenya, we are fully aware of our role in safeguarding the integrity of our systems and the infrastructure that has become integral to the economic and social security of our country and its people.

We wish to assure the public and the Government that we are in full compliance with the law and will continue working together with the various regulators and law enforcement agencies in the execution of their public duty.”

The operators added: “We wish to express our extreme displeasure at the sensational manner in which this issue has been handled. As licensed operators, we maintain a daily engagement with our regulators and are always available for open dialogue.”

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