Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa, says all the deactivated unverified and unregistered sim cards will be switched back on by the respective telecoms.
She told press in Kampala on Tuesday that the ruling National Resistance Movement [NRM] party caucus resolved that all switched off lines are switched back on to allow them register till 30th August.
“With the new deadline, all phones which were switched off will be switched back on,” she told press at her Parliament office.
According to Nankabirwa, the sim cards were switched off in the process of testing the system which has been exploited by criminals to defraud citizens.
She acknowledged that in the frenzy of meeting the deadline, even registered sim cards were accidently switched off but that government was not going to apologise for its actions.
“And we as government will not apologise for that. Do not expect an apology. Just wait till we switch you back on,” she said.
She said the summons by parliament against ICT minister, Frank Tumwebaze, were not discussed in caucus.
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga will today issue terms of reference to the Parliamentary Committee on Rules and Privileges to be used in probing Tumwebaze.
The minister is accused of contempt of Parliament, after he ignored Parliament’s directive to extend the deadline for sim-card registration verification by a period not less than one year.
Tumwebaze told press at parliament that he is ready to appear before the Committee and explain what happened.