The Democratic Party (DP) is set to join citizens who plan to lodge a case against the seven-day ultimatum for SIM card registration, announced by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) last week.
“All people who registered for the national IDs gave in their details including contacts, why does UCC give us these seven days; there are some other forms of identification rather than national identity cards like pass ports and driving licence, and I denounce that UCC directive,” DP President General Norbert Mao said during a press conference today.
Already, controversial activist Norman Tumuhimbise, previously linked to the dropping of ‘yellow piglets’ at Parliament to protest against youth joblessness, has lodged an injunction in court, seeking to stop the UCC from enforcing the SIM card registration.
‘An interim order doth issue restraining the Respondent, and the telecommunications service providers the Respondent regulates, from enforcing or implementing the directive of SIM CARD subscriber details update/verification by Thursday 20/04/2017 or recognizing the National Identity Card as the sole document of identity until the final determination of the main application for a temporary injunction,’ a communication from the High Court Civil Division indicates.
Meanwhile, according to Mao, the DP is also planning to honour its founding President General Benedicto Kiwanuka by constructing a Shs7 billion building and naming it after him.
Making the announcement, Mao said the move to build Ben Kiwanuka House is part of the party’s 2016-2021 strategic plan. Ben Kiwanuka, the first DP President General, was killed by former president Idi Amin in 1971.
“We already have Shs250 million in cash and pledges among members and people of good will,” Mao said, adding: “thinking is not our problem in DP and we have never lacked ideas, the only challenge we face is team work.”
Mao also said the party would soon declare it audited accounts.
“DP accounts are audited by the Office of the Auditor General and soon our financial report will be out. This is contrary to what used to happen before since I never found such arrangement in DP,” he said.