By Ahura Mujuni Mark
Uganda’s Sim Card Registration exercise which was supposed to end today ,February 28th has been extended for more 90 days ,equivalent to 3 month to allow Telecom companies validate the data collected .
This was revealed by the the Uganda communication commission executive director , Patrick Mwesigwa while appearing before the parliamentary committee on ICT on Wednesday.
Mwesigwa said that the UCC in consultation with other stakeholders like service providers, the ministry of ICT and the ministry of security agreed to the extension of the deadline of Sim-card registration for the period of 90days for validation of Data collected.
He ruled out the possibility of extending the deadline with one year arguing that the three month will be enough to complete the exercise ,
Mr Mwesigwe told MPs seating on the committee that of 16m Ugandans who have phones, 70% have already finished registering their Sim-cards.
He further told MPs that Sim-card registration is not political; it is intended to help law enforcement agencies to identify the mobile phone sim card owners and to track criminals who use phones for illegal activities.
The Uganda communication commission will on the 1st March make a formal communication to the public about the extension of Sim-card registration.