Following the announcement of ICT CABINET Secretary Fred Matiang’i threatening CEOs of the four mobile phone service providers with arrest over unregistered SIM card, the CEOs have responded in a press briefing this afternoon at the Norfolk Hotel Nairobi.
The four, Bob Collymore – CEO, Safaricom, Shivan Bhargava – Managing Director , Bharti Airtel Kenya, Mickael Ghossein – CEO, Orange Kenya and Madhur Taneja – CEO, Essar Kenya confirmed that they received communication from the Criminal Investigations Department of the Kenya Police Service requiring them to appear before CID officials to provide information with respect to SIM registration to which they were giving full cooperation.
“We are also aware of media reports that the Ministry of Information and Communications through the Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) has directed the Kenya Police Service to pursue criminal proceedings against the CEOs of the respective organizations. 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.We 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 endeavor to provide a convenient, widely available and secure communications infrastructure to serve the Kenyan population.” Their press statement read.
The four mobile operators also said they are fully aware of their role in safeguarding the integrity of their systems and the infrastructure that has become integral to the economic and social security of Kenya and its people.
They assured the public and the Government of full compliance with the law and working together with the various regulators and law enforcement agencies in the execution of their public duty.
In their closing remarks, they expressed displeasure at the sensational manner in which the issue was handled pointing out that as licensed operators, they maintain a daily engagement with regulators and are always available for open dialogue.