Case challenging sim-card registration adjourned to 18th May 2017

By Ruth Anderah

The High Court in Kampala has adjourned the hearing of a case challenging the ongoing sim-card registration to 18th May 2017.

This case was to be heard by High Court Judge in-charge of Civil Matters Steven Musota.

The adjournment was announced by the Registrar In charge of civil division Alex Ajiji on behalf of trial Judge Justice Stephen Musota who was indisposed on official duties.

On April 18th 2017 the Uganda Communications Commission was dragged to court by Rights Trumped Ltd, a non-government organization advocating for human rights and the jobless brotherhood challenging the commission’s directive that Ugandans only use National IDs as the official identification document for this exercise.

The group claims that by so doing, UCC has denied Ugandans the right to use their passports and other official documents issued by the government of Uganda.

According to court documents, the use of passports to register sim-cards is only a privilege of foreigners.

The deadline set for deactivating un-verified registered sim-cards is 19th May 2017.