SIM Card Registration: Ugandans Defiant As Deadline Nears

help geneva;”>Hundreds were on Wednesday seen in queues trying to register their SIM Cards at various telecommunication companies’ centers especially at Shoprite downtown Kampala, store along streets where company agents are stationed and around the Nakivubo stadium.

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Meanwhile UCC is considering extending the period of the SIM Card registration exercise according to Patrick Mwesigwa, the acting Executive Director UCC who said they will make a final decision on Friday.

He said this while addressing the Information, Communication and Technology Parliamentary committee today at Parliament.

As our Chimp Corp today moved around town, many people were packed at several SIM Card registration officers trying to register their cards for the first time and were being charged shs 1,000 to shs 3,000 depending on the network one is at.

The registration requirements include a passport size photo, photocopy of a valid identity card, and the registration fee that ranges from shs 1,000 to shs 2,000.

Traders dealing in photocopying and passport business have also used this season as a reason to hike their prices and several people were complaining of the increased prices especially those near the registration centres.

Ruth Nalule, a registration officer at Shoprite Mall told our Chimp Corp that since this week begun, they have been receiving a lot of customers especially today when they are left with just one day to the deadline.

Nalule said they are facing a problem of customers coming back complaining that they were not verified and they do not want to pay again for re-registration yet they are supposed to pay or wait for that message on their phones.

Paul Olanya said he registered his SIM Card last year but when he recently checked his status, he received a message that his identification was pending.

Government says the registration is aimed at checking phone-related crimes.


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