By Claire Wanja
The Kenya Copyright Board’s enforcement officers backed by police officers have raided and dismantled illegal DSTV signals distribution dens in Mombasa County.
The officers, who were accompanied by MultiChoice Kenya officials, conducted a three day raid in houses in Likoni, Majengo Mapya, Sargoi, Sabasaba, Tudor and Majengo Msaji and confiscated the equipment used to distribute illegal signals.
Among the items confiscated by the officers included 66 X MAL smartcards, 6 X Gotv decoders, 102 X other free to air decoders, Startimes decoders, 5x Head-Ends and 20x amplifiers. It is believed these items were used to distribute illegal DSTV signals to between 1500 and 2000 households.
A suspect who was arrested during the raid was arraigned before a Mombasa court on Wednesday and charged with the offence.
“The Kenya Copyright Board officers were exercising their mandate in administration and enforcement of copyright and related rights. We will continue to sensitise Kenyans against the use of illegal connections and the legal consequences of piracy such as the lengthy jail terms and/or hefty fines,” said KECOBO Executive Director Mr Edward Sigei.