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Kadaga wants minister Tumwebaze probed over sim-cards

The speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga has directed parliament's rules committee to investigate the minister of information, communication and technology, Frank Tumwebaze over what she called contempt of parliament.

In her communication to parliament this afternoon, Kadaga expressed dismay at a declaration by the minister that all unverified, un-validated and unregistered sim-cards wbe switched off by midnight today.

Yesterday parliament debated and unanimously voted to have the verification and validation exercise extended by a period of no more than one year. 

However, addressing the media today, Tumwebaze said the telecoms have been directed to switch off unregistered and unverified sim-cards at midnight today as earlier scheduled.

Tumwebaze observed that the disconnection will affect all voice communications, implying that holders of unregistered cards will not be able to receive or make calls.

He added that the service for mobile money deposit will be partially active to allow a transition period for customers to either withdraw their balances or transfer them to registered sim-cards.

Minister Frank Tumwebaze

Tumwebaze added that while the switch off will disable voice communication on the affected sim cards, the exercise of verification will continue. Parliament had observed that it was inevitable to give Ugandans enough time to register and obtain national identity cards before sim-cards are switched off.

Following Tumwebaze’s declaration, Kadaga said the  move to switch off unverified sim-cards is a total disregard, disrespect and contempt of parliament's resolution.

“Yesterday, this House debated and adopted a motion urging government to extend a deadline for registration, verification and validation exercise for subscriber identification module [SIM] cards in Uganda. The representatives of the people and the front bench largely agreed with this resolution”, Kadaga said.

"This is an affront to the people's representatives and the country and it's unacceptable and cannot go unchallenged."

Kadaga added that the executive had an opportunity to present their contrary arguments on the matter yesterday when parliament was debating the motion.

Kadaga who cited minister Tumwebaze for contempt of parliament under rule 211 of the rules of procedure, noted that she was presenting the matter to the rules committee. She directed that the minister is summoned to appear before the committee on Tuesday next week to explain himself.
 
“The minister should have had the courtesy of coming and presenting a statement to this House on this objection to the resolution made. You must be aware that Hon Tumwebaze is not a regular attendant of this House.

Indeed, ever since the issue of registration started, he has not had the courtesy to come to this House to brief the House and brief the country. He has not even understood, he does not give himself time to hear the difficulties people are going through their representatives. Honourable members am proposing to present this matter to the rules committee. Am citing him for contempt, honourable members we cannot accept disregard of people’s voices, their challenges and their problems. It is a high level of arrogance”, a furious Kadaga said.

Government chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa says that Tumwebaze has not disregarded parliament since he does not work on his own but on behalf of parliament. She cited a morning meeting chaired by the prime minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda which discussed the sim-card registration process that endorsed Tumwebaze's communication on unverified sim-cards.
 
“After yesterday, the leader of government business was informed of what parliament resolved. He called a meeting, a meeting of the relevant agencies and ministries. And what came out of that meeting is what Frank Tumwebaze informed the media today at around 11.30 or midday. The good thing is that he has been subjected to the committee, in essence he has been given an opportunity to explain. Tuesday will come and I know the leader of government business will explain and I know Frank will definitely explain to the committee…”, she said.

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+1 #1 mwajomo 2017-05-19 20:26
That's the demi-god attitude that Ugandans have so long talked about and despised about this few lot.

The young man is in contempt of parliament. Parliament legislated not Frank.

This is the annoyance that Ugandans suffer. How can Frank be above parliament?
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+2 #2 Hassan MALINGHA 2017-05-19 20:57
On switching off unregistered SIM cards I 100% support government.

It doesn't matter how much time you give Ugandans, they will still ask for more time.

Even the last extension was uncalled for. People were even unwilling to register for National ID which was a free exercise actually asking silly question like: "ID for what - even the UK does not have National ID?"
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-1 #3 Gwok 2017-05-19 22:07
Quoting Hassan MALINGHA:
On switching off unregistered SIM cards I 100% support government.

It doesn't matter how much time you give Ugandans, they will still ask for more time.

Even the last extension was uncalled for. People were even unwilling to register for National ID which was a free exercise actually asking silly question like: "ID for what - even the UK does not have National ID?"


Sir, even the MOST democratic Republic of Congo does not switch off un-registered SIMs.

Please be at liberty to register Uganda anywhere on that democratic scale.
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+3 #4 rwot 2017-05-19 22:38
I am a bit worried, Kadaga is becoming another administrator.

Speakers don't issue orders or directive they only announce what the parliament has decided. Its the work of committee chairmen who issue orders
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-2 #5 Gwok 2017-05-20 01:03
Quoting Hassan MALINGHA:
On switching off unregistered SIM cards I 100% support government.

It doesn't matter how much time you give Ugandans, they will still ask for more time.

Even the last extension was uncalled for. People were even unwilling to register for National ID which was a free exercise actually asking silly question like: "ID for what - even the UK does not have National ID?"


Dear Hassan, please re-think that position of yours because that exercise is not being done with the rest of us [the peope of Ug, as defined in our Constitution] in mind.
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+3 #6 Tim 2017-05-20 09:37
I support government on this. The same question Kadaga is asking government (or to personalise it, Tumwebaze) can be asked of parliament.

Weren't MPs in touch with their constituents to realise that this period wasn't enough?

We are tired of seeking cheap political popularity at the expense of service delivery, security etc. Be serious parliament
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-2 #7 Gwok 2017-05-20 13:11
The speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga must count herself very LUCKY for being so strategically positioned in this sinking ship of theirs.

This minister has presented her with yet another golden opportunity to punch hard [beyond her weight], like she did to “Justice” Kavuma earlier on.

The yet to be answered question is this: Could she CAPITATIZE further based on these unprecedented opportunities?
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+1 #8 Mubiru Ali 2017-05-20 23:17
If you want an arrogant inexperienced man who shows that he has arrived, it's that Tumwebaze.

From RDC to Kampala he lacks exposure. He failed to uproot Lukwago and disregarded court orders78m
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