In May 2017, mobile phone users formed different queues at different SIM card registration centers as they moved to beat the deadline for SIM card registration even after the deadline had been extended a couple of times. This followed a directive by telecom sector regulator the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to all telecom companies to have their clients register their SIM cards.
The directive came two months after the brutal murder of the then police spokesman and assistant IGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his driver and body guard. The assailants reportedly coordinated their gruesome mission on phone. However almost a year later, security agencies are grappling with a new wave of murders, kidnaps and fleecing of money mainly through unregistered SIM cards.
Cabinet has now ordered UCC, to investigate telecom companies with unregistered SIM cards in use and report back in two weeks. NTV reports that Airtel Uganda has been singled out as the firm with a bulk of unregistered SIM cards in circulation.