COURT TO HEAR, DETERMINE AN INJUNCTION CHALLENGING UCC SIM CARD REGISTRATION

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By Kabuye Ronald

Human rights activists led by Tuhimbise Norman  who came to limelight by taking piglets at parliament alongside the Rights trumpet Limited have rushed to high court civil division seeking for an interim injunction restraining Uganda Communication commission UCC  and the telecom company providers from enforcing the directive of SIM card subscriber details update/verification by Thursday 20/04/2017 or recognizing the national identity cards as a sole document  of identity until the final determination of the main application for a temporary injunction.

The activists through their lawyers of Niwagaba and Mwebesa advocates, petitioned court today Tuesday morning which prompted the same court to set tomorrow Wednesday 19th of this month at 9:30 am as the hearing date for the application

In the grounds the applicants protest the seven days ultimatum issued by UCC, the decree that citizen subscribers must use only their national identity cards even when one has a passport or other government recognized documents and yet it allowed foreigners to use passports.

The applicants are seeking a permanent injunction among other remedies and applied for a temporary injunction which is before the same honorable court.

The applicants further added that it is fair, equitable, and in interest of justice that the application is granted.

The directive was issued following a meeting with security agencies and telecom companies, UCC executive director Eng. Godfrey Mutabaazi a few weeks ago thus an order for a fresh registration of sim cards using National IDs giving a 7 day ultimatum for the exercise which elapses on Thursday 20th this month.

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