Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda today issued a letter directing Uganda Communications Commission UCC to extend the verification to May 19, 2017.

The Commission last week issued a seven-day ultimatum for all phone users who had earlier registered their SIM cards to verify them using National Identity Numbers NINs obtained from National Identity Cards

In a letter dated April 19th addressed to the UCC boss Godfrey Mutabazi, the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda says government has reviewed the timelines and taken a decision to have the ongoing sim card verification exercise extended to 19th May 2017.

This has prompted the High Court dismiss a petition by Rights Trumpet Ltd that sought to block the 7-day ultimatum issued by the communications regulator.

Several groups including the Uganda Law Society, Civil Society organizations and a section of the Members of Parliament had also earlier opposed the timeline given by UCC arguing that it was too short to register all the 22 million people phone subscribers.

Meanwhile, the April 20th deadline for the sim card verification exercise has put prompted hundreds of Ugandans to flock registration centers to pick their national IDs.