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D/IGP Sabiiti Muzeyi addressing the meeting. Courtesy photo

Deputy IGP Meets UCC, Telecom Operators over Illegal Sim Card Registration

posted onJanuary 7, 2020

By Kampala Post Reporter

The Police, Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) and Telecom companies have agreed on close monitoring of Sim card registration to ensure that customers’ data is not misused by criminals.

The resolution was reached at on Monday during a meeting attended by Deputy Inspector General of Police (D/IGP) Maj. Gen. Sabiiti Muzeyi, who led the Police team, UCC Executive Director Joseph Mutabazi and representatives of all the telecom operators in the country.

According to a statement issued by Deputy Police Spokesperson Polly Namaye, the meeting aimed at laying joint mechanisms to fight incidents of multiple and illegal Sim card registration.

The meeting observed that unlawful multiple Sim card registration facilitates crime and thus efforts must be stepped up to check the problem. Criminals have often used illegally registered Sim cards to commit crime and elude security tracking and eventual arrest.

“The meeting resolved that all telecom companies should put in place mechanisms to closely monitor registration of Sim cards so as to protect customers' data from being misused. One task team was also put in place to review ways in which Sim card registration can further be enhanced to promote safety and security of users and the general public,” Namaye’s statement read in part.

She added: “Another task team was formed to steer the process of decongesting the Police 999 emergency system of unnecessary or false callers to ensure faster and more accurate response by the Police in emergency situations.”

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