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Sim Card Registration Deadline Extended to Next Month

Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) has been ordered by cabinet to extend the deadline for the Sim Card registration exercise to mid next month.

This follows growing pressure on thousands of Ugandans who had trouble complying with the directive, viagra sale for such reasons as lack of National Ids of their own.

All sim card owners were last week given seven days (ending tomorrow Thursday) to register them with their service providers, using their National Identification Cards.

The Registration has now been extended to 19th May 2017.

The development was confirmed by Fred Otunnu, the UCC Director Corporate Affairs, while speaking to Chimpreports.

In a letter to the Executive Director UCC, Godfrey Mutabaazi, The Prime Minister does not provide the grounds on which the decision was made to extend the deadline to May 19th.

The Premier yesterday, met with top leadership of the commission at his office in a closed door meeting which was also attended by Information and ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze.

Earlier today , UCC’s Fred Otunnu met with members of the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights chaired by Hon Jovah Kamateka, where he alluded to the possibility of extending the deadline, promising that the commission would come out with a clearer decision tomorrow Thursday.

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“We have received several proposals on the extension of the deadline; others talk of one month, three months and 6months and all that will be put into consideration and it will be made clear to the public but for now we proceed with the deadline which is tomorrow,” Otunnu said.

Otunnu however, observed that the bad culture of procrastination should be discouraged.

In the meeting, Otunnu revealed that so far about 50% of the estimated 22 million phone users have complied with the registration exercise.

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