Kampala, Uganda| PWATCH UG| The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has vowed to commit ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze to the Rules Committee for contempt over implementation of deadlines for SIM-Card registration.
Kadaga says that Uganda’s Executive has “disrespected the voices of the people”, which is parliament. “This is unacceptable and cannot go unchallenged,” she said.
“Ever since the issue of registration started, he has not had the courtesy to reach the House and to reach the country…he has not even understood, not even to hear the difficulties the people of this country through their elected representatives,”said Kadaga after Tumwebaze announced that government would go ahead with the scheduled deadline of May 19 midnight to switch off unregistered or unverified SIM-cards.
— The Independent (@UGIndependent) May 19, 2017
“This was a substantive motion, it was on the order paper [and] if the Executive had any reservations on this matter even after the resolution was made, the minister should have had the courtesy of coming and presenting a statement of objection to this House,” she said.
On Thursday, Parliament adopted a motion presented by the Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza, to urge government to extend the deadline of SIM-card registration to a period not more than one year.
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