SIM CARD REGISTRATION: COURT DECLINES TO GRANT AN INJUNCTION HALTING THE PROCESS

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By Kabuye Ronald

High court civil division deputy registrar  Joy Bahinguza Kabagye has dismissed an application by one of the jobless brotherhood coordinator and the Rights Trumpet limited that sought for an injunction to restrain the ongoing Sim card registration from closing the exercise on Thursday 20th April 2017 as a relief to their temporary application challenging the entire process.

In her ruling the deputy registrar Bahinguza regarded the application useless since government had extended the time frame for registration thus no orders were made.

“The ground based on for this application was insufficient time, considering now that registration has been extended, this application has been proven useless and no order shall be made” Bahinguza ruled

The development came hours after government had directed UCC to extend the registration process to 19th of May this year from the 7 days ultimatum that would see many people off telecommunication air waves by tomorrow Thursday 20th this month.

This was entailed in a letter signed by the Prime Minister of Uganda Dr.Ruhakana Rugunda addressed to the Executive Director OF Uganda Communication Commission

It’s important to note that these activists rushed to high court civil division yesterday 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. Which court has declined to grant.

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