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Sim registration deadline extended to 31st May

Ugandans who have not registered their Sim cards can now breathe. The Uganda Communication Commission has extended the Sim card registration deadline to 31st may. Communication boss, Godfrey Mutabaazi says that another one month will be given to telecom companies for verification of the information collected. Mutabaazi says the extension was prompted by various complaints of unregistered phone users especially in rural areas where access to identity cards is limited. He also warned agents and LC chairpersons against charging money for the exercise clarifying that registration is free.        

Decision on Pioneer Buses for next week

A decision on whether or not Pioneer Easy buses return to the road will be made on Monday next week. The Uganda Revenue Authority says it is has held a series of meeting with all the concerned parties and final position on the impounded buses will be announced next week. The over 100 buses belonging to Pioneer Easy Bus company were impounded by URA two weeks ago over tax arrears amounting to Shillings 8bn. John Masanda one of the directors of Pioneer Easy Bus, says during the last 8 days they have met several stake holders including KCCA, and officials from the ministries of transport and finance to forge a way forward, but due to gravity of the matter, the …

Extension of Sim registration deadline contemplated

With the clock ticking for unregistered mobile phone subscribers, the industry regulator has shown signs of a possible extension of the deadline. The Uganda Communications Communication has said it is ready to extend the deadline for the sim card registration exercise. Appearing before parliament’s committee on ICT, UCC officials led by the Acting Executive Director Patrick Mwesigwa said though, that a decision will only be made after meeting ministry officials and all stakeholders tomorrow. Mwesigwa says UCC recognizes the challenges faced by both the telecom companies and their clients and is ready to seek a joint solution to the problem. The telecom companies are asking for an extension period of one year to allow them clean up their data base. …

Court declines to extend sim registration

The High Court in Kampala has dismissed an application seeking to block the sim card registration exercise. It has declined to issue an interim order blocking Uganda Communications Commission from   switching off all the unregistered mobile phones by Thursday this week. Justice Eldard Mwangushya dismissed the application that sought to have this deadline extended until the final hearing and determination of a case that is filed by the Human Rights Network for journalists. Justice Mwangushya says the two applicants did not present satisfactory reasons to justify the halt. He adds that there was no written evidence to support the interim application as lawyers only presented oral submissions. He further noted that it was unwise for the applicants to wait up …

Uganda scoops another accolade

Uganda continues to shine in the tourism industry. The country has received yet another accolade. Addressing journalists at media Centre the tourism Minister Maria Mutagamba revealed that Uganda had won a prestigious award with the Source of the Nile Voted as one of the seven natural wonders of Africa. This was during a ceremony held in Arusha, Tanzania organized by the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa Initiative. Mutagaba said the Nile was ranked 3rd among the seven natural wonders of Africa. She says government will now invest in the development of the site and will ensure its preservation. Meanwhile the chairperson of the Uganda Tour Operators Association Boniface Byamukama expresses confidence that this award will boost their businesses with more people picking …