Several mobile phone users in Kampala have called for Government to extend the deadline for simcard registration to one month instead of seven days. Last week, Government through the Uganda Communications Commission UCC gave phone users seven days to verify their simcard registration using the national identity card or else the phones would be switched off.
URN has spoken with many of the phone users who state that Government has not sensitised people on the purpose for the registration, but is rather threatening to switch users off.
Last week, Government through the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) gave phone users seven days to verify their simcard registration using the national identity card or else the phones would be switched off.
The decision by UCC and the Uganda Police Force to have the lines verified using national identity card number is meant to curb crime as criminals have been using irregularly registered simcards to communicate.
The phone users have only four days to go before they get switched off.
Juma Kakeeto, one of the phone users states that seven days is too short, claiming that most of the days were public holidays which makes it impossible to register. He says some people have no national IDs, while others with national IDs have failed to read messages sent to them on phone.
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A vendor, who declines to give her identities, says that her line was already registered using another person's identity. She says an attempt to confirm her registration status using the national ID was futile. She says an extension of the deadline will enable her to verify her status.
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John Asiimwe says not everyone knows English to read. He says what is clear is the fact that the exercise is being done without sensitising people.
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Jimmy Ssekisaka, who says he has successfully registered, however, says the process of validating his status was easy. He says the problem is that people were relaxed and yet the days are few. He welcomed the exercise saying it will work well to ensure genuine phone users are registered.
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Musa Mpiangu, another phone user says Government should not rush the exercise, adding that the data being collected is of national importance, but rushing the exercise is only making it worse.
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Most telecom companies are calling for the phone users to comply with the directives to avoid being switched off.