Kenya Plans to Cut Crimen With Phone Registration

Kenya has announced plans to register all mobile phone numbers in a bid to cut crime.

From now on users will have to supply proof of address and identity documents before they can get a phone number, while any numbers unregistered by the end of July will be disconnected.

Many Nairobian people are supportive of this latest decision as they believe that the project will cut crime.

Police commissioner Mathew Iteere said that mobile phones must be registered to an individual as the latest developments mean that mobile devices can now be used like computers.

"It has become a tool of banking, it can be used to steal data, [to] transmit unauthorised information and perpetrates huge frauds," said Iteere.

Bitange Ndemo, an information ministry official stated last week that he hoped registering the numbers would help the authorities tackle terrorism, drugs-trafficking and money-laundering.

Neighbouring country Tanzania currently has a similar project already underway, however with nearly half of all Kenyans (20 million people) owning mobile phones, it looks to be a challenging task to orchestrate this registration project.

Some analysts have raised concerns about the difficulty of registering people in some African countries as some do not live in a house with an official address.

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