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Govt extends SIM card registration

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The government has suspended the seven-day ultimatum for the registration of SIM cards that was announced by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) last week.

According to a release by the Government Interactive Centre (UGIC), the government has decided to extend the exercise by one month, to May 19.

REVIEW EXERCISE: PM Ruhakana Rugunda makes a presentation on SIM card registration yesterday. The exercise has been suspended.

Yesterday Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, while weighing in on the issue that has since become contentious, said government would review the UCC directive.

“At the close of the deadline, we shall assess and advise. Make every effort to meet and beat the deadline for the SIM Card verification exercise,” he said.

The development comes as the High Court was today expected to hear an application by ‘Jobless Brotherhood’ leader Norman Tumuhimbise, seeking to block the re-registration process before the given a Thursday deadline by the UCC.

Tumuhimbise, who had sued the UCC jointly with Rights Trumpet Limited, is no stranger to controversy and first came to the limelight in 2015 when he led a shadowy umbrella group, the Jobless Brotherhood, to drop piglets coloured in yellow, the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) colour, at Parliament.

 

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