By Wilber Muhwezi Kasibante
The executive director Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) Eng. Godfrey Mutabazi has insisted that no Telecom Company will be allowed to give out new sim cards unless they purchase National ID detecting gadgets.
He said this today 12th March 2018 during an exclusive phone interview with the managing directormknewslink.com.
Eng Mutabazi said that UCC gave telecom companies enough time thus insisting that there is no excuse.
Early this year, UCC issued a directive which required all telecom companies to be in possession of national identity card detectors and barred all street vendors from selling sim cards and airtime cards.
The directive was issued as measure to reduce on crimes such as kidnapping and theft which are often committed using phones after a ruthless kidnap and murder of the late Susan Magara.
Telecom companies have expressed their dissatisfaction with the directive, noting that since it was issued, great losses have been registered.
Some managers of telecom companies, told mknewslink.com that their companies are now at standstill because they have been earning a lot from the sale of sim cards and replacements.
However, the directive did not only affect telecom companies but also individuals who don’t have National Identity cards.
Source: www.mknewslink.com; a western Uganda news website.