Following a complaint from the Uganda Police, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has announced it is to switch off all unregistered sim cards today.
Addressing the media today, UCC Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi has said unregistered sim cards will be switched off at midnight.
“All pre-activated and non-registered SIM Cards MUST be deactivated by Midnight, of March 29, 2017,” he said, adding that those previously registered won’t be affected immediately.
“Those who had previously registered fully shall be given more time to submit the required documents for verification,” Mr. Mutabazi said. The directive has come just hours following a complaint from police.
Addressing journalists on Monday, police spokesperson, Asan Kasingye said UCC should switch off all unregistered Simcards, saying they are causing a hitch in pursuing criminals.
“Why do we still have unregistered numbers? Those numbers should be cut off. The criminals drop the telephone lines after using them for criminal activities,” Kasingye said.
It has been reported that prior to his murder, slain police spokesman, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Andrew Felix Kaweesi had earlier received death threats from a mobile phone whose Simcard was unregistered.