Malawi govt lift suspension on SIM card registration, Dausi tells Parliament

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.

Dausi: Announce the continuance of the exercise

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.

Dausi said his ministry which held constultations with stakeholders  was satisfied with how the concerns of the public have been addressed.

He said among other measures that needed to be addressed, Macra has complied with the extension of the deadline which would be announced in due course.

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.

Dausi said the registration of SIM cards is a lawful exercise initiated by Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra), in line with the Communications Act (2016).

Dausi said 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.

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4 years ago

This is a bad law, muzadzindikila bwino patsogolo.

4 years ago
Reply to  Kwacha

Why its a bad law?Most of the countries are using this sim registration its only that in Malawi we are always behind(NDIFE OSALIRA).I got registered my Sim Card in 2013 while i was in Zambia

4 years ago

Why these thieves are thinking so low like headless chickens. No consistency and can I believe that they have raised campaign awareness now to the public?
Taking the nation like personal estates.

4 years ago

Malawi will always be Malawi. Can this country be handed over to the white people to reorganize and teach us systems. I have come to believe that we are a country of dead people walking. We can’t plan. We can’t do anything. All we know is sex without condoms no wonder we have a high number of cancer cases killing everyone. Wake up Malawians wake up. We have put too much trust in politicians. Wake up fellow malawians. These thieves don’t have the welfare of us in their hearts.

4 years ago

Welcome development since the service providers have managed to conduct civic education to thier subscribed may you extend the deadline as during the suspension masses were waiting on the wayforward,even though such indeciviness are misleading

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