A letter issued last week by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) Acting Executive Director Ms. Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo has directed all telecommunication operators to suspend the sale of SIM cards to NGOs, MDAs and any other public institutions with immediate effect pending investigations.
This follows complaints the Commission received all alleging failure by telcos to adhere to the set SIM card registration processes, especially in respect of SIM cards sold to corporate bodies.
Ms. Sewankambo in letter sent to the telcos asked that they co-operate in the investigation by providing relevant information. Corporate bodies can have unlimited SIM cards registered in their name as long as the accounting officer has furnished the provider with relevant documents, including articles and memorandum of association.
It is alleged that unscrupulous individuals have taken advantage of this loophole to submit fake company documents which enables them to get multiple SIM cards registered.