14 September 2012

Tanzania: TCRA Warns Against Abuse of Mobile Phones

Zanzibar — TANZANIA Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has cautioned mobile telephone users against making threats or using abusing language because the offence, if one is found guilty, is punishable by six months imprisonment or a 5m/- fine or both.

"Despite the fact that about 95 per cent of the mobile telephone lines in the country are registered, unfortunately there are still complaints of abuse of the technology," TCRA Dar es Salaam Regional Director, Mr Victor Nkya said . Mr Nkya made the observation when he met the Zanzibar Second Vice-President, Ambassador Seif Ali Iddi, when he went to hand over 5m/- as the authority's contribution following the MV Skagit ferry disaster that occurred in July this year.

The TCRA official informed his host that there were still some existing challenges in implementing the law that restricts abuse of mobile telephones. Mr Nkya said that his authority was responsible for promoting and overseeing that phones, electronic media and internet are properly used by members of the public and noted that they are currently in the process of establishing an office in Zanzibar.

Ambassador Iddi thanked TCRA for the contribution and also said that monitoring phones and other means of communication will protect Tanzania traditions and culture. Meanwhile, Zanzibar has managed to meet 87.3 per cent of its target in the exercise to count people in the just ended National Population and Housing Census, Zanzibar Chief Statistician, Mr Mohamed Hafidh, has said.

Mr Hafidh said that various factors, including discontentment by some people that they have been denied identity cards, are to blame for failure to reach the target by 100 per cent. He made the comments at a meeting to evaluate the census exercise.

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