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Kenya to battle counterfeit mobile handsets

April 24, 2012 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories

Kenya’s Communications Commission (CCK) says it will be switching off all counterfeit mobile handsets from April.

Kenya’s Communications Commission (CCK) says it will be switching off all counterfeit mobile handsets from April (image: stock.xchng)

The move is based on the fact that many Kenyan’s have fallen prey to money scams through their handsets and some cannot be traced since they either lack- or have duplicated International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI).

Francis Wangusi, CCK Director General notified the public that this exercise will be done and they (the public) should be prepared for the switch-off as stated.

He said the move was not intended as a form of harassment but rather a sound solution to end mobile handset fraud. He urged the public to support the initiative.

According to Christopher Kemei, CCK director of licensing, the CCK had previously put in place measures to educate the public about the removal of the phony handsets.

The switch-off had been scheduled for December last year but was postponed to allow mobile phone users the opportunity to acquire genuine handsets.

The Kenyan Anti-Counterfeit Authority had stated that Kenya loses around 3.2 Billion Shillings annually through tax evasion and sale of phony handsets.

Michelle Tongo

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4 Responses to Kenya to battle counterfeit mobile handsets

  1. This wld be good for the annoying phony mobiles but let's see: shoot! We don't really have a concrete reason to implement this! Zambians lets cook up one for zicta.

    • We actually do have reasons. Firstly those things are abnormally loud and can damage a persons hearing. Then the imei number can easily be tampered wit nd edited… I have more reasons I can outline bt we really need to get rid of these cheap hazardous phones

    • I couldn't agree more Alefa! Now that u mention,we actually do have reasons! Heyy ZICTA are you listening?

  2. Edwin Ndung'u Mburu says:

    its about time.

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