Zambia’s minister of communications Yamfwa Mukanga has reiterated that SIM cards which remain unregistered as at 31 December 2013 will be deactivated, Biztech Africa reports. With the country having begun a SIM registration programme back in July 2013, in the following month the authorities set the date by which registrations must be complete; further, it was confirmed that from 15 November anyone found to have bought, sold or activated a SIM card without valid identification documents will be liable for prosecution. Speaking on the plans to stick to the deadline, Mr Mukanga was cited as saying: ‘I wish to request all those that have not registered their SIM cards to do so promptly and avoid being inconvenienced, come 1 January 2014.’
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