Kenyan mobile phone firms have been ordered to install equipment to allow the telecommunications regulators to monitor activity on their networks. It means the Communications Authority of Kenya would have the ability to listen into calls, read messages and view financial transactions. But the body says the move is not about mass surveillance and is only necessary in its fight against counterfeit phones. The leaked announcement has sparked outrage. The Communications Authority says mobile operators had been in discussions about the system since last year. The Consumer Federation of Kenya -- which lobbies on behalf of customers -- says the timing of the order is suspicious, given that Kenya will hold its general elections later this year.