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MP proposes stricter regulation of telecom companies

Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo. The MP had earlier indicated that Safaricom was his target. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo. The MP had earlier indicated that Safaricom was his target. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo has proposed changes to the telecoms law that if passed would see telecommunication companies face stricter regulation and apply legal pressure on authorities to split Safaricom.

Mr Midiwo on Wednesday issued a notice of intention to introduce amendments to the Kenya Information Communication Act (KICA), which will require mobile phone operators that venture beyond telecommunication services to split their businesses.

“In addition to operating a telecommunication system or providing a telecommunication service… a person may engage in any other business provided that such person shall legally split or separate the telecommunication business from such other business,” the proposed amendments say.

Such a split would require the operators to have different accounting systems for each business, besides forcing industry regulators to issue different licences for each line of business.  

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