Uganda’s premier Ruhakana Rugunda came out to summon several Ministers and different agencies for an urgent meeting over the knocking deadline for SIM card registration which is due August 31. This was revealed by the Minister of Security Gen. Henry Tumukunde who appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on ICT over the status of SIM card registration.S
We are informed that those called for the crisis meeting include the Minister of Security, the Ministry of ICT, Minister of Internal Affairs and officials from other relevant agencies such as Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), National Identification Registration Authority (NIRA).
“What is greatly at stake is the security of the country. We had a meeting with the Prime Minister and we are having another meeting today we are supposed to harmonize our position,” Tumukunde informed.
“The process must be streamlined if we are still managing the matter and we are still having unsatisfactory answers coming up allow us first process an answer because we agreed to handle it through the Prime Minister’s office and then come back to you with an appropriate position to present,” Tumukunde added.
All this came in place after the Telecom companies we have here wrote to the different government departments and Ministries revealing that their business is at stake since some of their customers have not registered due to lack of a National Identification Number from NIRA. The committee chairperson, Nyakecho adjourned the meeting to Thursday 24th August calling on all the concerned ministries and agencies to attend and offer a final position.