Gov’t Holds Crisis Meeting over SIM card Registration Deadline

Minister Henry Tumukunde addressing press yesterday after the committee meeting
Minister Henry Tumukunde addressing press yesterday after the committee meeting

The Prime Minister has summoned several Ministers and different agencies for a crisis meeting over the looming deadline for SIM card registration which is due August 31.

This was revealed by the Minister of Security, Gen. Henry Tumukunde who was appearing before the Parliamentary Committee on ICT over the status of SIM card registration.

Tumukunde said the meeting is a follow up on an earlier one on Monday which aimed at harmonizing government’s position on the issue considering everything at stake.

Those called for the crisis meeting include the Minister of Security, the Ministry of ICT, Minister of Internal Affairs and officials from other relevant agencies such as UCC, NIRA and NITA.

“What is greatly at stake is the security of the country. We had a meeting with the Prime Minister and we are having another meeting today; we are supposed to harmonize our position,” Tumukunde said.

Tumukunde who could not give a clear answer to issues raised by the legislators, asked the committee members to allow time to the Inter-ministerial committee to come up with the final resolution.

“The process must be streamlined if we are still managing the matter and we are still having unsatisfactory answers coming up; allow us first process an answer because we agreed to handle it through the Prime Minister’s office and then come back to you with an appropriate position to present,” Tumukunde noted.

He added, “We are trying to ensure that we try to satisfy all the interests at stake, allow us to first meet.”

This comes at a time after the Telecom companies wrote to the different government departments and Ministries revealing that their business is at stake since some of their customers have not registered due to lack of a National Identification Number from NIRA.

The committee chairperson, Nyakecho adjourned the meeting to Thursday calling on all the concerned ministries and agencies to attend and offer a final position.

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