Telecoms to verify all sim cards using national ID data

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Only National IDs or passport is allowed in new 7-day UCC sim-cards registration deadline in Uganda.

All sim card holders in Uganda have seven days to verify their sim cards using their National Identity Cards and Passports.  Sim cards that will have not been registered using a valid National ID or passport will be shut down within seven days, according to Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).

The directive was issued minutes after a stakeholder meeting held at UCC this morning. The meeting was attended by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kale Kayihura and telecom company representatives among other stakeholders.

This comes two weeks after Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) ordered all telecom companies to shut down all unregistered and preregistered sim cards. According to UCC Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi, all persons must ensure that their National ID data is captured into the system.

“If you registered using a school ID, Company ID, LC ID or whatever ID, your registration is invalid as far as we are concerned,” Mutabazi said while addressing the media at the Bugolobi based offices.

He added that students who do not possess National IDs will use their parent’s ID plus their birth certificate to register their sim cards.

A directive has already been issued to ensure that each person can only register one sim card per National ID number per telecommunication company.