Government sets up committee to enforce sim-card registration deadline

By Ritah Kemigisa

A high level technical committee has been established to ensure the simcard registration deadline is enforced.

Addressing journalists this morning, the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda said the committee will be comprised of officials from Uganda Communication Commission, National Identification and Registration Authority, mobile telecom operators, security ministry and National Information Technology Authority.

He also adds that a limited window shall be provided for those with balances on their mobile money accounts come the deadline day to withdraw their money but fresh deposits will not be allowed.
Rugunda committee.

Menahile Government has maintained the August 30th deadline for sim-card registration warning that all unregistered Simcards will be switched off at midnight.

Addressing journalists at his office this morning, the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda said the resolution was reached after a consultative meeting with different stakeholders yesterday among them UCC, NIRA, mobile operators and members of parliament.

Rt Hon Rugunda says 98% of Ugandans have so far complied with the verification exercise.

He adds that the National Identification Registration Authority will continue to register and issue national ID’s to all those who have not yet registered and will also re activate those who will have their simcards switched off after verification.

Parliament in April passed a motion to compel government to extend the deadline after a public outcry.

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