Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has said that the government will switch off phone sim-cards whose owners fail to register for Huduma Namba by May 18.
Speaking while in Kisumu, CA Director General Francis Wangusi said that defaulters may miss services such as use of their mobile phones, access to MPesa Service, Airtel Money, and ATM withdrawals.
This is despite an existing court order barring the government from making the National Integrated Management Systems (NIIMS) regstration, popularly known as Huduma Namba, compulsory.
The government has given Kenyans a 45-day ultimatum, which expires on May 18. It said that there is no intention of extending the deadline, for lack of funds.
‘We are taking stock of registration and by the time the exercise ends, we shall ask the service providers to deactivate all numbers and register them afresh. Some people may read malice but the State is serious in coming up measures aimed at ensuring cyber security, and also protecting people’s data and privacy,” Wangusi said.
Wangusi was addressing delegates at the ICT week celebrations in Kisumu dubbed as Kikao Kikuu.