Airtel Subscriber Brigadier General Godfrey Miyanda has had his SIM card registered by Airtel Zambia without his authorization.
This is according to the statement made available to the media Brig General Miyanda in which he listed two SMS he got from Airtel informing him that his SIM card had been successfully registered.
Gen Miyanda is one of the people at the centre of the anti SIM card registration campaign and he is on record of stating that he does not intent to register his SIM card.
Below is the full statement
STATEMENT: SIM CARD REGISTRATION IN ZAMBIA – THE AIRTEL SCANDAL
[By Brigadier General Godfrey Miyanda – 19th January 2014]
I shall be giving an update on the Sim Card Crusade this week. In the meantime I wish to inform the general public of the following two mobile text messages I received from Airtel, titled SimRegister:
a. Text Number 1: “Dear Customer, we are pleased to inform you that your SIM card has been successfully registered with Airtel. Dial *538# to confirm your registration. 14.16 16 Jan .”
b. Text Number 2: “Dear Customer, we are pleased to inform you that your SIM card has been successfully registered with Airtel. Dial *538# to confirm your registration. 14.21 16 Jan .”
This is a scandal because I have not applied to Airtel or any other Service Provider nor filled in forms to register my simcards and/or other such gadgets under the Sim Card exercise. So how did Airtel successfully register my simcards? Who supplied my particulars, and, more ominously, who signed on my behalf since these forms require the signature of the applicant?
In fact this is more than just a scandal but it is a forgery. It even qualifies to be defamatory because I publicly announced that I am NOT going to register and I have NOT applied to register! How many people have been registered without applying? I have NOT and will NOT ‘dial*538#’ to confirm what I did not do.
With this revelation, it is possible to speculate that these people (government included) can assign a crime to me and say I used my phone for criminal activities. In fact they can even vote for me without my knowledge! Zambians must see why it is necessary to join the Sim card Crusade and get the Government to revisit this ill-conceived project for fund-raising.
I have written to Airtel (just as I have written to ZAMTEL on another issue – letter attached) to request them to send me a copy of the application form that I allegedly filled in, complete with my signature.
A CONCERNED CITIZEN
[19TH JANUARY 2014]
And Brig Gen Miyanda also challenged ZAMTEL to explain to him which terms and conditions he had violated for the company to block his ZAMTEL SIM card after he received an SMS that his SIM card with ZAMNTEL will stop working on the 1st of February if he does not register with their database.
Below is the letter he sent to ZAMTEL
BRIGADIER GENERAL GODFREY MIYANDA
13th January 2014
c/o Message Centre (+26095199004)
RE: YOUR SMS MESSAGES INFORMING ME THAT MY SIM CARD WILL STOP WORKING ON THE 1ST FEBRUARY 2014
On 11th January 2014 I received the following SMS text/message from ZAMTEL without indicating from which ZAMTEL office or outlet it was originating other than the Message Centre celphone. I quote:
“Dear Subscriber, your SIM CARD will stop working on 1 Feb 2014, unless you are registered on the ZAMTEL KYC database . Dial *388# to check your SIM card status. Sender: Zamtel; Message Centre: +26095199004. Sent: 11.Jan.2014, 09:10:34” end of quote.
The same text/message was sent to me on 12th Jan 2014 at 09.09.24 and on 13th an 2014 at 09:23:54.
Before I can act on your message I request further information as to why and how the SIM CARD “will stop working on 1 Feb 2014”. If possible please indicate which ZAMTEL terms and conditions or regulations you are applying to “stop the SIM CARD working”. I request a written response which should be addressed to me at c/o P.O. Box 51055, Lusaka 10101.
In view of the deadline you have indicated I urge you to respond expeditiously but before the said 1st February 2014. To this end please respond within FOUR DAYS of this letter, that is from 14th January 2014. Since you already know my number please call me using the same number so that I can come to collect the response personally. Otherwise you may just post it to the above address. Should you NOT respond by the fourth day I shall assume you do not intend to respond and hence will consider other options of attending to your threat. Should you feel disposed a discussion is also welcome to avoid misunderstandings that may be read into written words.
This letter will be hand-delivered on 14th January 2014.
Cc: ZAMTEL LAMYA HOUSE, off Dedan Kimathi Road, Lusaka
Cc: ZAMTEL off Church Road, Lusaka
Cc: Director General, ZICTA, former American Embassy Building, Lusaka (Off United Nations Road)