The Parliament of Uganda has on Thursday afternoon passed a motion extending simcard registration and verification by not more than a year.
The MPS resolved to pass the motion tabled by Leader of Opposition (LoP) Hon Winnie Kizza who argued that Ugandans still need time to explain to their grand fathers and mothers about the importance of this process.
Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has earlier directed all telecom operators to switch off unregistered simcards on May 19.
Efforts by a group of Ugandans who rushed to court challenging the process were unsuccessful when court threw out the application on Thursday.
UCC head of public and international relations Pamela Akunda when contacted said that, “we had made extremely good progress with 19 million simcards registered out of 22 million.”
She added that the Executive Director UCC Godfrey Mutabazi will issue a communication in regard to Parliament’s decision.
“Most of the people have mobile money contributions in their Mobile Money. What would be the fate of this deadline?” Hon Kiiza asked.
Hon Rosemary Nankabirwa- Government Chief Whip suggested: “ Let us pass this motion, and let government come up with the date for ending it”
The session was chaired by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.