Norman Tumuhimbise

The High Court in Kampala has declined to block Uganda Communications’ Communication (UCC) from deactivating all unregistered sim-cards.

In a ruling delivered by Court today, Justice Steven Musota dismissed an application by activist Norman Tumuhimbise and an NGO, Rights Trumpet Ltd.

The application sought a temporary Injunction blocking UCC from switching off unregistered Mobile phone users until the main case is heard and disposed of.

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Musota in his ruling said that the application is overtaken by events since it was filed long before government extended the sim-card registration deadline.

He therefore, ordered lawyers for both UCC and the applicants to file written submissions on the remaining issue; of only recognizing the National ID as the official document for this exercise.

The judgment on the matter will be delivered on the June 8, 2017.

UCC was represented by Edwin Karugire and the applicants’ lawyer Eron Kiiza. UCC is to switch off all unregistered phones tomorrow.