President Museveni has agreed to the proposal to extend SIM card Registration on condition that the new deadline will be respected.

SIM card registration will therefore run until 30/8/2017.

“Ministry of ICT and other concerned govt agencies are authorized to allow this new window. I ask Ugandans to take this exercise seriously, the president said.

This was during tthe NRM Caucus where some MPs appealed for more time for SIM card registration despite the passing of the earlier deadline.

Hundreds of people across the country have complained of anomalies after the May 19th deadline.n

Ruth Nakabirwa, the government chief whip says that the  extension is meant to help communications companies set up Their system since some verified SIM cards were also switched off.

she also added that this extension is intended to help students under 17 to register their SIM cards.

The Uganda Communications Commission also ordered all Telecommunication companies to address the concerns raised by their subscribers about their phones being switched off despite fully registering their sim-cards.

 

Relatedly, the Information and ICT Minister, Frank Tumwebaze has denied allegations that he defied a directive by Parliament calling for extension of sim card verification. Tumwebaze was last week accused by the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, of contempt of Parliament after he announced on Friday that government would switch off all unregistered sim cards, even as the August house passed a motion a day earlier, calling for an extension of revalidation of sim cards for not more than a year.

 

Tumwe­baze was last week ac­cused by the Speaker of Par­lia­ment, Re­becca Kadaga, of con­tempt of Par­lia­ment af­ter he an­nounced on Fri­day that gov­ern­ment would switch off all un­reg­is­tered sim cards, even as the Au­gust house passed a mo­tion a day ear­lier, call­ing for an ex­ten­sion of reval­i­da­tion of sim cards for not more than a year.

The mo­tion moved by Leader of Op­po­si­tion in Par­lia­ment, Win­nie Ki­iza was over­whelm­ingly sup­ported by mem­bers from across the po­lit­i­cal di­vide.

Tumwe­baze, a day af­ter the mo­tion was passed, called for a press con­fer­ence, where he an­nounced that in spite of the Par­lia­ment mo­tion, gov­ern­ment had agreed that the un­reg­is­tered sim cards are switched off.

This drew anger from Par­lia­ment, with Kadaga stat­ing that Tumwe­baze had dis­re­garded their de­ci­sion and asked the Rules, Priv­i­leges and Dis­ci­pline com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­gate his con­duct.

How­ever, Tumwe­baze, while speak­ing to jour­nal­ists at Par­lia­ment on May 22, 2017, said con­trary to re­ports that he de­fied Par­lia­ment, the min­is­ter in­sisted that he made the an­nounce­ment as a gov­ern­ment po­si­tion and not his own mak­ing.

Tumwe­baze, who in­sisted that he re­spected Kada­ga’s de­ci­sion, ex­plained that in a meet­ing chaired by the Prime Min­is­ter, Dr. Ruhakana Ru­ganda on Fri­day last week, it was agreed that no ex­ten­sion is given, but con­cerns on mo­bile money safety were catered for.

“This be­ing seen as a per­sonal de­ci­sion, I say no be­cause min­is­ters do not take per­sonal de­ci­sions and more so, a gov­ern­ment spokesper­son, who com­mu­ni­cates de­ci­sions of cab­i­net. I am happy the Prime Min­is­ter and Gov­ern­ment chief whip have con­firmed this,” Tumwe­baze ex­plained.
He in­sisted there was no big clash be­tween him and Par­lia­ment, say­ing once sum­moned be­fore the Rules com­mit­tee, he will ap­pear and ex­plain him­self.

The min­is­ter was seen head­ing to the Speak­er’s cham­bers for a meet­ing with her.

“I re­spect the de­ci­sion of the Speaker. Be­ing called to ex­plain is not con­vic­tion. As a leader, you must re­port and ex­plain what­ever de­ci­sions you take ei­ther as a leader or col­lec­tively,” he added.

When ques­tioned on Kada­ga’s ac­cu­sa­tion that he has not been at­tend­ing sit­tings, both as min­is­ter and MP, Tumwe­baze de­nied this, stat­ing that his ab­sence in Par­lia­ment has al­ways been com­mu­ni­cated to his su­pe­ri­ors, in­clud­ing the Speaker.

“When I am not in Par­lia­ment, I am on state du­ties and I write to the PM and the Speaker I have cor­re­spon­dences get­ting per­mis­sion. But it is also nor­mal for the Speaker to re­buke her mem­bers, but I don’t take of­fence in that,” the min­is­ter said.