The Uganda Communications Commission was established under the Uganda Communications Act 2013, to among other things, monitor, inspect, license and regulate the provision of telecommunication services in Uganda.
In order to avert the risks associated with the use of unregistered SIM cards, on March 28, 2017, the Uganda Communications Commission together with the Uganda Police Force resolved and directed all Telecommunication service providers and their agents to stop selling or otherwise vending SIM cards on the streets.
This is, therefore, to remind the business community and the general public that disobedience of this directive is contrary to section 117 of the Penal Code Act Cap 120, which criminalises the disobedience of any lawful order issued by a public officer. The Uganda Communications Commission together with the Uganda Police shall not hesitate to arrest and prosecute any person found selling SIM Cards on the streets.
The general public is urged to report any persons vending SIM cards on the streets to any police station nearest to them or, report directly to the Uganda Communications Commission.
Source: Uganda Communications Commission