Uganda Law Society cautions UCC on sim card re-registration
By Moses Kyeyune
Government has been cautioned against limiting sim-card registration to National Identity cards, lest it faces litigation.
The call by the Uganda Law Society comes as the 7-day ultimatum issued by the Police and the Uganda Communication Commission draws close.
In a letter to the UCC Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi, the Uganda Law Society president Francis Gimara says restricting sim-card registration to one item is inconsistent with the existing law, citing section 7(3) of the Regulation of Interception of Communications Act which allows the use of National Ids, students IDs, Work Permit, Driving Permits and Passports as well as voters cards.
Gimara says that if only one item is to be used, then there is need for an amendment to the law.
He also calls for an extension of the April 20th deadline to allow subscribers more time to comply, as well as a stakeholders meeting to discuss the matters regarding sim-card registration.