Reasons Behind Extension of sim card registration dead­line by Parliament


Par­lia­ment on Thursday adopted a mo­tion urg­ing gov­ern­ment to lift the sim card reg­is­tra­tion dead­line by one year.

The mo­tion tabled by the Leader of Op­po­si­tion in Par­lia­ment Win­nie Ki­iza was unan­i­mously sup­ported by all law­mak­ers, al­though some sug­gested bring­ing for­ward the time­lines by six months.

Ki­iza con­vinced the House that many peo­ple are yet to get their na­tional Iden­tity cards and they can­not be sub­jected to an ef­fect clearly caused by neg­li­gence and de­lay of the Na­tional In­for­ma­tional Regulatory Au­thor­ity.

The leader of op­po­si­tion stated that only two lan­guages have been used to com­mu­ni­cate about the Friday dead­line. Uganda is a coun­try with forty ac­tively used lan­guages, but com­mu­ni­ca­tion was appar­ently made in Eng­lish and Lu­ganda.

Al­though the Chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa sup­ported the ex­ten­sion, she cau­tioned leg­is­la­tors to be mind­ful of the se­cu­rity de­mands at hand.

Be­fore the mo­tion was adopted the Speaker Re­becca Kadaga blamed gov­ern­ment for un­der­tak­ing decisions with­out con­sult­ing par­lia­ment.

“All these things are be­ing done with­out con­sult­ing us, both the first and sec­ond time, there was no consul­ta­tion,” she said.

Kadaga also agreed that many peo­ple in the coun­try­side were yet to re­ceive their cards yet in some instances, there were al­ter­ations of de­liv­er­ies.

“The peo­ple of Serere were given Iden­tity cards from a dif­fer­ent dis­trict, and they re­al­ized this af­ter a long time, “said Kadaga.

In the mo­tion, Ms Ki­iza said that some tele­com com­pa­nies had tech­ni­cal short­com­ings in cap­tur­ing people’s de­tail, some­thing that would not be slapped on “help­less cit­i­zens”.

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