High Court is set to hear an application for a temporary injunction against the Government of Uganda from switching off unregistered SIM-cards. The case was initially scheduled for 27th of August but was re-scheduled to Thursday August 29, 2013 at 9.00 AM before Justice Yasin Nyanzi.
HRNJ-Uganda and the Legal Brains Trust (LBT) dragged Uganda Communications Commission and the Attorney General to court contending that the registration exercise which begun in March 2012 was marred by inconsistencies, confusion and uncertainties. They argue that the registration process is marred with irregularities, illegalities and anomalies which must be rectified before carrying on with the exercise. The case was initially being handled by Justice Eldad Mwangusha before he was elevated as justice of the Court of Appeal.
According to the UCC, Uganda currently has 16 million phone users, and only 70 per cent of them have reportedly registered their SIM cards. On 26 February, telecommunication companies including MTN, Warid, Uganda Telecom, Airtel and Orange told the Ugandan Parliament’s Information Communication Technology (ICT) Committee that, out of 16 million active subscribers, only 60 per cent had so far registered their SIM cards. They also revealed to the committee that they had encountered enormous challenges in executing the exercise, and therefore asked for an extension of the registration deadline.
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