Burundi 'introduces two SIM card ban'

Burundi has banned people from owning two SIM cards from the same mobile provider, local Bonesha FM reports, quoting a press release from the finance ministry.

Mobile phone companies will have two months to comply with the new regulations, it adds.

Phone companies will also have to register all sim card users, or face fines of up to $3,000 (£2,100) for each case where they fail to block an unregistered user.

The move comes amid continuing civil unrest in the country, which was sparked last April when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he was running for a third term.

Nigeria recently slapped mobile phone giant MTN with a multi-billion dollar fine last year for failing to disconnect unregistered sim cards, with President Muhammadu Buhari blaming the company for fuelling the Boko Haram insurgency.
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