Uganda’s SIM card re-registration plan faces criticism

18 Apr 2017

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) is coming under pressure to rethink its drive to have all mobile SIM cards re-registered within seven days. The regulator announced last week that all SIM card users that had previously logged their details with their operator must re-validate their registration using their national ID cards. According to a report from The Monitor, however, the Uganda Law Society (ULS) says the move is illegal as existing telecoms legislation allows for the use of other forms of ID for registration, such as passports and driving licences. It says the law must be changed if the national ID card is to be the sole means of validation. Other bodies, including the Information Communication Technology Association of Uganda (ICTAU), have also criticised the government-backed move for re-registration, saying the seven-day deadline will lead to many legitimate users facing disconnection.