Zambian opposition leader irate over SIM registration

By Edith Mwale, Lusaka, Zambia

Zambia’s largest mobile operator Airtel is in trouble after it allegedly registered opposition leader Brigadier General Godfrey Miyanda’s SIM card without his knowledge.

In a letter to Airtel (January 19), Miyanda has threatened to take unspecified actions against the operator if it fails to furnish him with the SIM registration form that he signed for his SIM card to be registered.

Miyanda, the anti-SIM card registration campaigner in Zambia denies ever registering his Airtel SIM card. But he revealed that Airtel has sent him two text messages informing that he has successfully registered his SIM card and that all he needed was for him to dial *538# to confirm the registration.

“This is a scandal because I have not applied to Airtel or any other service provider nor filled in forms to register my SIM cards or such gadgets under the SIM card exercise. So how did Airtel successfully register my SIM card? Who supplied my particulars and more ominously, who signed on my behalf since these forms require the signature of the applicant?,” Miyanda asked.

With these revelations, Miyanda said it is possible to speculate that the people in government can assign a crime to him and accuse him of having used his phone to commit criminal activities.

The Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) has set January 31 as the deadline for SIM card registration exercise. But Miyanda has refused to register all his SIM cards with different networks, claiming the exercise isillegal.

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