High court judge Stephen Musota has dismissed an application seeking to stop Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) from switching off the unregistered sim cards.
On April 18, Norman Tumuhimbise and Rights Trumpet Ltd dragged UCC to the civil division of the High Court challenging the ongoing sim card subscriber verification process.
Through Niwagaba and Mwebesa Advocates, the petitioners argued that it was unfair and unconstitutional for UCC to restrict citizens to using only national IDs for registration yet there are other official documents like passports which foreign nationals were allowed to use for the exercise.
In their main suit, the petitioners want court to set aside and declare as invalid UCC’s decision.
On April 12, UCC issued a seven-day ultimatum within which all subscribers of mobile telecom services to update their SIM card details using only their national identification card.
Edwin Karugire, the counsel for UCC asked court to dismiss the application with costs since it had been overtaken by events.