Tag Archives: Uganda

Uganda – Government runs short of ordinary passports

By | June 14, 2017

The Uganda passport is one of the internationally legally recognised travel documents and owning one is  enshrined  as right in  the constitution but from 14th June to early August, only a  few Ugandans applying  for this document will be able to get one. Government has announced that it has run short of ordinary passports and will now start… Read More »

Uganda – Registration centres beefed up to issue National IDs

By | May 22, 2017

Government is to deploy more officers at national identity card registration centres to expedite the issuance of IDs that are required for phone subscribers to validate their SIM cards. The move comes as telecom operators at midnight on Friday (Saturday morning) started deactivating SIM cards whose owners have not updated their details using national IDs. It follows complaints… Read More »

Uganda – MPs Demand UGX 28Bn for E-Passports

By | May 22, 2017

The Defense and Internal Affairs Committee want government to provide Shillings 28billion to kick-start activities leading to the issuance of E-Passports. According to the committee report, at least Shillings 28 billion is needed for setting up the initial infrastructure for the production of E-Passports.   The full implementation of the project requires US$ 100 million, which is unfunded… Read More »

Uganda – ID registration: Many in last minute rush to register as sim card switch-off looms

By | May 18, 2017

As the deadline for sim-card registration draws closer, NIIRA says those who have registered in the last days will have to wait till the verification is complete. As the deadline for sim-card registration draws closer, the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) says those who have registered in the last days  will have to wait till the verification is… Read More »

Uganda: How Mistakes On National IDs Multiply Country’s Data Problems

By | April 24, 2017

Richard Kapule Ounoi, a teacher, was one of the first Ugandans in 2015 to pick their national Identity Cards (IDs). However, his card had an error. His middle name, Kapule, had been rewritten as Kalule. The former ordinarily belongs to people from Tororo in the East, the latter for those from Central Uganda. Mr Ounoi alerted the ID… Read More »

Uganda – SIM-Cards: Govt Extends Deadline Minutes Before Court Ruling

By | April 19, 2017

Government has announced an extension of the SIM-card verification exercise to May 19, 2017 from April 20. The decision to extend the deadline rendered a High Court case filed in Kampala to stop implementation of the deadline “useless”, according to court’s Assistant Registrar Joy Kabagye Bahinguza. The High Court ruling was read to both parties in the case at… Read More »

Uganda – Over 7 Million Subscribers Update SIM Card Details

By | April 18, 2017

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has said over 7 million subscribers have updated their SIM card details using their national identification cards as per last week’s directive. Isaac Kalembe, the UCC spokesperson said there has been a positive response towards the directive although he said more effort is needed to avoid disconnection. “By over seven million subscribers had updated… Read More »

Uganda: UCC Insists On 7-Day Simcard Validation Ultimatum

By | April 12, 2017

All mobile phone sim-cards must be verified and validated within seven days or risk being switched off, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has warned. The warning is the latest among many previous ones from the regulatory body, where it has severally threatened to deactivate unregistered sim-cards.  During yesterday’s stakeholders meeting with National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), Inspector… Read More »

Uganda – Only National IDs Allowed in New 7-Day UCC Sim-Card Deadline

By | April 11, 2017

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has asked all existing subscribers to update their SIM-card registration information in seven days or they will be deactivated.  National Identity Card (IDs) and passports, for the case of foreigners, will be used to verify, re-validate and re-register SIM-cards for all subscribers. This is a shift from the position UCC had taken two weeks ago, in… Read More »

East African Community – e-Passport To Be Issued Early Next Year

By | April 8, 2017

The just-concluded 35th East African Community (EAC) Council of Ministers’ meeting at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania has directed Partner States to commence issuance of the new regional e-passport by January 31, 2018. A statement issued after the meeting indicates that this came after the consideration of the different status of preparedness by the Partner States. “The… Read More »