Govt lifts sim card registration suspension


The Malawi government through the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology has ordered that the sim card registration exercise should resume.

Nicholus Dausi
Dausi: signed the statement

Through a statement signed by minister responsible Nicholas Dausi, government has given a go ahead to Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) to register sim cards through mobile operators.

The statement disclose that government has considered concerns by the general public that included extension of the registration period.

“The Mobile Phone Service providers have undertaken to make the registration exercise convenient to the public by widely informing the public about the places and times where the registration is taking place,” says the statement.

Mobile service providers will also recruit appropriate numbers of agents and buy handsets for them to facilitate the registration exercise even in remote areas.

The physically challenged, including the elderly, who cannot register by themselves will be allowed to do so through the particulars of their next of kin or a proven third party.

According to the statement, a robust awareness campaign will continue to be undertaken in order to assist in ensuring a smooth registration exercise.

Section 92 of the new Communications Act in Malawi gives mandate to MACRA to register all sim cards in the country.

MACRA earlier disclosed that the registration of sim cards is to help in curbing fraud that was to be on the rise in Malawi.



    1. They can’t do otherwise, they want to do away with fake accounts. Social media can be more damaging to govt than the mainstream media which operate on ethics. Within the suspension period govt has microscoped this platform and realised its impact.

  1. Munthu singaludze ndalama yake kupangira transport ndi nkhani ngati iyi ai, ndipo ngati mukufuna anthuwo ayendereni kumaseta kwawo kuti mukagwire ntchito komweko ndithu.

  2. ine nanena kale zingomvesela nyimbo kumaonela mavideo,kujambulana basi zakwana….ngati simundisatila ku TC kwathu.singaluze dola kulipila zimenezi.

  3. We saw it coming; govt cannot help seeing critique thats flying arround due to its corruption and poor governance record. Never have authorities witnessed arrogance or open defiance from its citizens as the case today thru social media.

  4. Mudzitipatsa transport cz singachoke ku thekerani kupita kulimbe kukangolembetsa sim card ngati mufuna tsekani nkagula ina nkapita kutawuni

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