Its business unusual, UCC lauds sim card switch off

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Pamela Ankunda talking to NBS TV

Pamela Ankunda, the head, public and international relations Uganda Communications Commission [UCC] has extolled telecoms for following through the directive to deactivate unregistered and unverified sim cards.

“Ugandans thought it would be business as usual even after deadline,” she said Saturday night while speaking to NBS television.

“Unfortunately, it’s business unusual,” Ankunda continued, elaborating why it was necessary to have all Ugandans re-register their sim cards.

Ankunda highlighted the biggest challenge to the exercise being the fact that some people never registered for their national IDs, hence don’t have NINs.

“That’s why they weren’t able to register. Another challenge is some people registered late, it doesn’t work that way. It’s a process.”

She was, however, glad to note that 92% Ugandans have registered and verified their SIM cards.

“That’s a big number compared to those who haven’t registered.”

Meanwhile, some Ugandans are ‘disappointed’ after government disconnected their unverified SIM cards on Saturday morning after the given deadline expired.

The action saw Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, summon the ICT minister, Frank Tumwebaze, for a disciplinary action having treated the house, which extended the deadline to a year, with contempt.

FDC Spokesperson, Ssemujju Nganda, also believes minister Tumwebaze must explain why he thinks Parliament is a useless institution.

“We don’t just sit to take tea and mandazi,” Nganda said.

But government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, says the decision to switch off unverified SIM cards wasn’t by only minister Tumwebaze, it was a collective decision by the committee.

“It’s unfair for Speaker to take it against him,” Opondo said.