The government of Kenya through the regulator Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) had plans to install a Device Management System (DMS). A move that the government justified based on the increasing fraudulent international calls being made from Kenya to Rwanda.
The CA says the Rwandese government has been complaining of calls originating from Kenya to their country. Apparently, Rwanda complained of “SIM boxing operations in Kenya are being used to terminate international traffic, which seemingly appears to be originating from a Kenyan operator into Rwanda resulting into loss of revenue for the country.”
The government of Kenya wanted to install the DMS citing the fraudulent calls emanating from the country to Rwanda as one of the reasons. Well, the High Court made a ruling stopping the installation of the DMS. Justice John Mativo said the installation of the surveillance system will illegally enable the CA to secretly monitor people’s calls, texts, and even transactions on mobile money. The court further said the act will be a gross violation of the statutory consumer rights.