Museveni extends sim card registration for 3 months

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Museveni addressing the South Sudan dialogue on Monday

President Yoweri Museveni has extended sim card registration exercise to August 30, 2017 on condition that this time Ugandans respect the deadline.

The president reached the decision during a ruling NRM party Caucus which he chaired today, Monday.

During the caucus, Members of Parliament appealed for more time for SIM card registration despite the passing of the earlier deadline.

“I have agreed to this proposal on condition that the new deadline will be respected,” Museveni said after the caucus.


“SIM card registration will therefore run until 30/8/2017,” he added.

He ordered the Uganda Communications Commission [UCC] and ICT minister, Frank Tumwebaze, to heed his decision and act accordingly.

“Ministry of ICT and other concerned government agencies are authorised to allow this new window.”

He added: “I ask Ugandans to take this exercise seriously.”

The extension comes at a time Ugandans were crying foul over their disconnected sim cards and incapacitated communication.

People have been rushing and lining up in long queues to register for national IDs to comply with last week’s deadline.

Museveni holding a sample of a National ID

The mobile money service had itself already suffered the pinch of the sim card switch off.

On a lighter note, Museveni’s extension saves Information, Communication and Technology Minister, Frank Tumwebaze, an impending impeachment by Members of Parliament.

The legislators were already collecting the signatures to censure Tumwebaze for the disconnection of unverified and unregistered sim cards even after the house passed a motion barring telecoms from deactivating the sim cards.

On Friday last week, the Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga directed the Rules, Discipline and Privileges committee of parliament to investigate the minister for defying a resolution of parliament to extend the sim card verification exercise for a year.