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Queues at National Identification and Regulations Authority offices have been increasing ever since the directive by the UCC to Ugandans to register their Sim-cards. Micheal Muganga says that the number of collected identification cards has increased from 20 per day to over hundred in different centres countrywide.

“In a day, about 10-20 cards would be collected by owners, but the number of cards collected per day has shot to 100s,” Muganga stated.

Isaac Kalembe, the UCC spokesperson said there has been a positive response towards the directive although he said more effort is needed to avoid disconnection.

“By over seven million subscribers had updated their SIM cards (by Saturday) since the seven day UCC ultimatum,” Kalembe stated.

In the meantime, a group of activists under their umbrella organization Rights Trumpet have dragged the Uganda Communications Commission to the High Court civil division seeking to halt the ongoing registration exercise of Sim-cards.

The activists however, through their lawyers led by Eron Kiiza argue that it is wrong and unfair for the telecommunication regulator to allow only 7 days for the entire country to have validated their information with UCC regarding their sim cards.

“It is unfair and unreasonable to force Ugandans to validate their details in only 7 days as ordered by UCC. It violates the rights to communication,” said Kiiza.

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