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SIM card registration apathy in Mwingi 3 days to deadline

There was low turnout of residents of Mwingi across various MPESA shops Mwingi Times visited less than a week to the Communication Authority of Kenya registration deadline slated for April 15.

Sim Cards. Photo/COURTESY

Residents of far-flung areas appear to have resigned to fate. “They can disconnect on deadline if they want”, said a middle-aged owner of hotel near Kora National Reserve.

Some of the reasons they gave for not registering with telcos as required by CA were lack of Airtel Money and MPESA shops in their regions. They have to enlist the services of bodaboda operators to go to Tseikuru town for the registration. The entire journey to and from costs an average of KSh2,000.

The apathy appears to be linked to their faith given most are Kavonokya adherents who shunned both Huduma Namba enlisting as well as Covid-19 vaccination.

When we visited a shop for a spot-check on registration in Tseikuru, we found members of the public unbothered to register. Many visited MPESA shops for money transactions and dlight solar electronics queries than upgrading their SIM registrations.

Airtel lines registration was more convenient to customers as they could on follow a self-registration link to upload their credentials rather than walking to Safaricom and agents’ shops. It has been embraced by the youths who are usually tech-savvy.

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