Parliament has today voted to extend the sim-card registration exercise by at least several months just a few hours to the set deadline.

In the afternoon plenary session chaired by Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, MPs resolved that government extends the exercise for up to one year to enable a number of Ugandans who have not yet accessed their national identity cards to register.

The resolution followed a motion by Leader of Opposition (LoP) Winnie Kiiza who asked that Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) extends the verification and validation exercise of sim-cards.

Kiiza also demanded that UCC directs telecommunication companies to deactivate the unregistered sim-cards in a phased manner rather than in a sudden cut-off as promised…