Phone Users Rush To Register Simcards As Deadline Nears

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In short
With just four days to the end of the exercise on May 31, mobile telecom operators say they are still receiving a huge turn up of those coming to register. Kevin Magomu, the Airtel Area Sales Manager Hoima, says the numbers have been increasing over the last one week. Magomu says they have been registering not less than 300 phone users per day.

Mobile phone users in Hoima are rushing to register their sim cards as the deadline of the exercise nears.
 
More than a year into the Simcard registration exercise, operators in the area are overwhelmed with the customers.

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) in March last year ordered a mandatory Simcard registration exercise. The exercise slated to last a year, was given a two month extension in March this year following a request by the various telecommunication companies.

With just four days to the end of the exercise on May 31, mobile telecom operators say they are still receiving a huge turn up of those coming to register.

Kevin Magomu, the Airtel Area Sales Manager Hoima, says the numbers have been increasing over the last one week. Magomu says they have been registering not less than 300 phone users per day.

He fears that many of them could still be left out despite the long registration period.

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At Hoima Warid offices, the scenario is the same. Draorio Daniela, the manager says all along they have been receiving just a handful of people turning up for registration. She says the number has now overstretched her registration assistants.

Samuel Kajura, the MTN Hoima Field Supervisor, says because of the overwhelming numbers, their registration assistants are forced to push other people to the following days, yet the time left is limited now. He blames this on people's attitude to always take things for granted, only to turn up at the last minute.

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At the time a URN reporter visited most of the telecommunication company offices in Hoima town, all registration desks were busy. Grace Asiimwe, one of the people being registered at Hoima Airtel offices said she had been reluctant to come because she knew there was still sometime for the exercise.
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