New UCC Sim card registration directive illegal - Law society

Uganda Law Society president Francis Gimara

What you need to know:

  • The Minister for Information, Technology and Communication, Mr Frank Tumwebaze, in an interview said he was shocked that Ugandans were “missing the substance and going for form”.
  • ULS also has made a number of recommendations, including extension of the registration period to allow those without National IDs to get them, called for the passing of a bill on data protection and appealed to government to pass a comprehensive law to guide sim card registration such as in Kenya.

Kampala. Pressure is mounting on Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to review its latest directives on sim card registration, barely three days before the commission switches off subscribers registered without using the National Identification cards.
The latest is from Uganda Law Society (ULS), which has termed UCC’s seven-day ultimatum to subscribers, among other things, as illegal.

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