The four mobile networks in Kenya: Safaricom, Airtel, Orange and YuMobile, have recorded statements with Kenya’s Criminal investigations department over sale of unregistered SIM cards.
The four said in a joint statement that they received summons which was related to the networks performance at registering SIM cards against their users identity.
The statement also said that it was the telecoms regulator, Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), that had asked the police to investigate the phone companies for adhering to with the SIM registration regulations.
The network companies, however said that they has so far complied with the regulations and have registered more than 30 million phone users since the beginning of this year.
They companies have also expresses their disappointment over the way CCK has handled the issue.
There have been allegations that unregistered SIM cards were used by the terrorists during the Westgate shopping centre attack, although that hasn’t been confirmed yet.
Several dealers of SIM cards have also been prosecuted for selling unregistered SIM cards.
This is an action that should be done long time ago and stricked measures done to curb further sale of the unregistered SIM cards. CCK should not back down on this as there as many more crimes being committed and we cannot risk the lives of Kenyans.