By Sania Babirye
High court judge Steven Musota has set the 8th of June to rule on a case challenging the second time SIM card registration/ verification exercise using only the National ID as the official document.
This morning justice Musota dismissed an application for the interim order against Uganda communications commission from going ahead and switching off all Simcards that have not been verified for the second time.
While dismissing the application the judge ruled that the application was file long before government extended the ultimatum to tomorrow.
Justice Musota has now ordered lawyers representing both UCC led by Edwin Karugire and Eron Kiiza the applicants lawyer to file their written submissions on the remaining issue of only recognising the National ID as the official document for this exercise.
By Robert Segawa
Over 11 million people have so far verified their sim cards in the on going sim card verification exercise using there national IDs as per UCC directive.
While addressing journalists, minister of security Henry Tumukunde said government is determined to switch off sim cards of people who have not complied come the deadline which is 19th May this year.
Minister Tumukunde advised citizens whose sim cards are not verified to comply in the remaining time adding that the exercise is aimed at strengthening the country’s security.
He calls upon telecommunication companies not to further give out sim cards which are not registered.
Meanwhile the executive Director of Uganda Communication Commission Godfrey Mutababazi says they are expecting to register about 23 million simcards of which 70% has been registered.