Malawi government has started registering mobile phone Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards compulsorily, Maravi Post can reveal.
The development started on 1 June, 2017 without usual mass sensitization campaign.
Confirming the development in an interview, Minister of Information, Communication and ICT Nicholas Dausi said this will help the service providers to know its customers than was in the past.
“Service providers are mandated to know its customers apart from tracing their location. Therefore SIM cards will not be sold anyhow without registration,” said Dausi.
According to Dausi, everyone who will want to have a telephone number will be forced to register with the service providers as per Communications Act.
Dausi who is also government spokesperson said this will among other things expose people who likes insult or threat others through mobile phone as well as fraudsters.
“Malawi was the only country not implementing this policy in countries within Southern African Region,” he disclosed.
To those who already have unregistered SIM cards, Maravi Post has established that the service providers have deployed workers to register such customers in their respective home.
And to those who failed to comply, Dausi said their cards will stop operating.
In the Communications Act, Malawi Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has SIM cards registration statutory mandate.