LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi has announced in Parliament that government had lifted the suspension on the registration of SIM cards and generic number and the exercise will continue.
Announce the continuance of the exercise, Dausi said the suspension had followed public concerns with the exercise, especially suspicions that the registration is a ploy by government to tap people’s phones which may impinge on their constitutional right to privacy.
But Dausi said the exercise will continue which potentially will see the snaking queues of enthusiastic law-abiding citizens return in TNM and Airtel Malawi outlets across the country.
He said the registration of SIM cards is a lawful exercise initiated by Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra), in line with the Communications Act (2016).
The minister added that the law gives powers to the network service providers through Macra to register all SIM cards and all subscribers’ numbers.“That is what the law which was passed says,” he said.Dausi, who is also government official spokesperson.
The SIM card registration will continue.According to Macra.
The mandatory registration of SIM cards will help prevent crime and fraudulent cases that are on the rise as it will enable security enforcement agencies to trace perpetrators using information provided to network providers.