Millions of Ugandans still to re-register mobile accounts

9 May 2017

The Ugandan government says just 13 million SIM cards have so far been authenticated under its controversial re-registration scheme, which requires users to present their national ID card to confirm ownership of their mobile phone account. Although the original seven-day deadline for registration was extended by a month, to 19 May, there are still thought to be millions of wireless users who have yet to validate their details. NTV cites Security Minister Henry Tumukunde as saying that there will be no further extension to the deadline. The country was home to more than 22 million mobile subscribers at the end of 2016, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database.