The Uganda communications Commission (UCC) has given mobile phone subscribers seven days to re-register their sim-cards using National Identity Cards or Passports or else their sim cards will be deactivated
This has been agreed upon during a closed-door meeting between the Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura, Uganda Communication Commission boss, Executive Director -NIRA, Executives of telecoms in Uganda and security chiefs at UCC offices in Bugolobi.
The UCC boss, Edward Mutabazi said that those who registered using non-gazetted documents like company identity Cards, village identity Cards, and school identity cards should immediately update their registration using passports and national IDs or else they risk having their sim-cards deactivated. Foreigners have been asked to register their sim cards using their passports.
Mutabazi also warned those selling sim-cards on streets to stop or risk being arrested by police. He noted that only gazetted Telecom Company shops will be allowed to sell and register simcards.
The UCC boss warned that any telecom company that fails to adhere to the new regulations risks being fined or suspension of its licence.
The move comes weeks after the murder of Police Spokesman. Andrew Felix Kaweesi near his home in Kulambiro. Its suspected the killers used unregistered / partially registered sim cards during their operation, which they dropped thereafter.