Friday, 19 May 2017 04:24


Members of Parliament have voted to extend the Sim Card registration exercise.
Members of Parliament have voted to extend the Sim Card registration exercise just a few hours to the set deadline. 
MPs resolved that government extends the exercise for up to one year to enable a number of Ugandans who have not yet accessed their National Identity Cards to register.
The resolution followed a motion by Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza who asked that Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) extends the verification and validation exercise of SIM cards.
Kiiza also demanded that UCC directs telecommunication companies to deactivate SIM Card applications in a phased manner.
Kiiza's motion was seconded by Shadow Attorney General Wilfred Niwagaba, Manjiya County MP John Baptist Nambeshe and Mukono South MP Johnson Muyanja Ssenyonga.

Niwagaba, the Ndorwa West MP said that some Ugandans have not got their national IDs because of the inefficiency of the National Identification and Registration Authority(NIRA). 

He reminded parliament about the right and freedom of communication enshrined in the Constitution under Article 27 (2) giving Ugandans the right of privacy of communication. 
Niwagaba also questioned the safety of people's personal details in the hands of private telecommunications companies and in the absence of a data protection law.
Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa also supported the deadline but reminded legislators that the exercise was informed by a security threat and therefore parliament's decision should be in a manner that government decides on an appropriate extension.
At this point, Speaker Kadaga put a question for legislators to approve an extension of not more than a year.



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