In Kenya, it is now illegal to import mobile phones that do not offer a battery life of at least eight hours talk time or lacks a physical manual. The law is Kenya’s government new plan to curb counterfeits which in the recent past have been on the rise. They find their way into the market through illegal channels and have cost the consumers and government a fortune. It’s Anti-Counterfeit Agency reported that fake goods worth $12million have been sized in the country in the last seven years.
The measure is not only to curb the influx of counterfeit products but also to protect consumers health from phones made with cheap material that exposes them to radiation. According to the Kenyan government;
these laws are set to protect consumers from explosion and radiation caused by phones made with unstable materials such as mercury, arsenic, cobalt, and others
To make sure that original phones only enter the Kenyan market, the notice went on to state that only licensed mobile phone vendors will be allowed to import and distribute mobile phones whose batteries are expected to last a minimum of 24 hours when the gadget is not in use.
This is a good move by the Kenyan government as it protects their citizens from continuously splashing money on foreign firms (which make substandard products) because counterfeit phones are not durable and one is required to buy phones several times a year, spending more than if they had bought a genuine one.
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