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Parliament Proceeds With Tumwebaze Probe Over SimCard Registration

Uganda’s Parliament rules, discipline and privileges committee will proceed with an investigation of Frank Tumwebaze, the country’s Information, Communication and Technology over his actions regarding simcard registration.

According to local news agency, URN, Tumwebaze last week defied a parliament resolution on extending the deadline on simcard verification by a year. Consequently, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) switched off unregistered and unverified sim-cards on May 19th.

Following this, Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga directed an investigation of the minister for contempt of parliament but before the committee summoned Tumwebaze, President Yoweri Museveni extended the registration and verification deadline to August 30th.

In Tuesday’s heated debate on the floor of parliament, however, legislators including Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza, Theodore Ssekikubo, Francis Mwijukye and others insisted that despite the honour of a parliament resolution to extend the deadline by President Museveni, Tumwebaze should not be left to go scot free.

Following these concerns, Kadaga once again directed that recordings from the debate should be reviewed by the rules committee and report back to parliament.

During the debate, Mwijukye, the Buhweju County MP, informed parliament that Minister Tumwebaze’s actions belittled the Speaker of Parliament.

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