By Ben Musanje
Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) has faulted the ongoing Sim card verification exercise describing it as illegal.
The exercise by telecom companies was initiated by the Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) which vowed to de-activate all un- updated cards by the 15th of this month.
Addressing the media at their headquarters in Kampala, the commission’s Chairman Medi Ssozi Kaggwa explained that there is nowhere in the law it is specified that one has to register his sim card, which qualifies it to infringement on human rights.
He says that telecommunication companies are not supposed to be shared with the national data since they are not fully trusted to access such private material.
Kaggwa also expresses concern over the operations of Crime Preventers recommending to police to work out regulations through which their operations and recruitments can be streamlined.
About the reported killings in great Masaka, Kaggwa notes that it is the mandate of the police to protect Ugandans and control the displayed threatening documents that put people in fear. He further urges government to ensure that village leadership elections are held as a way of overcoming such criminalities.
The commission further suggests that government should facilitate the disaster preparedness department in the Prime Minister’s Office to enable areas affected by famine to receive enough food and also procure pesticides to fight army warm that destroys maize.