By CYRUS OMBATI
If you are a proud owner of a counterfeit phone, your mobile communication days are numbered- ten days to be exact.
The Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) has insisted it will switch off the fake gadgets by end of this month.
Director General Francis Wangusi said there will be no extension.
Addressing a press conference in Nairobi, Wangusi said all the required channels have been followed in implementing the directive.
Wangusi said the move is aimed to among other issues, protect the country from the threat of terrorism, lawlessness and political violence.
He added the move will also protect the consumers and safeguard the gains made so far in the mobile telecoms industry, particularly in regard to mobile money payment systems.
The director said the commission has been conducting a three month public awareness campaign as advised by a technical team that had been set up to monitor the exercise.
A database system that was established to help in confirming the status of the handsets in the market has so far received close to 10 million queries, representing a third of the 29.7 million in the country.
The technical committee involved the Government, CCK, mobile operators and hand-set manufacturers.