Interim order halting Sim card re-registration will prevent detection of serious crimes-UCC
The Uganda Communications Commission(UCC) has defended itself in a case filed by a group of activists seeking a halt to the ongoing sim card re-registration exercise ,using National IDs (Ugandans) . UCC legal manager Victoria Sekandi says the National ID is a superior identification document capturing all biometric and personal identification particulars done at the local council level.
Sekandi says due to numerous security complaints UCC received from Police, coupled with the difficulty police finds in investigating and detecting serious crimes like murder and terrorism , stakeholders resolved that all telecom subscribers use national ID’s for sim-card re-registration. She says UCC is aware that a passport is a travel document whose issuance requires one to have first got a National Identification Number under the Registration of Persons Act. She therefore argues that granting an interim order halting the registration exercise and verification of sim cards will prevent law enforcement organs from investigating and detecting serious crimes.
Meantime, hearing of the Interim order is still ongoing in camera with only UCC lawyers and the Jobless brotherhood applicants, appearing before the Asst. Registrar Joy Kabagye Bahinguza.