Simcard registration: Minister Tumwebaze to be summoned by Parliament
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has vowed to commit ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze to the rules committee for contempt on sim card registration
Kadaga says that Executive has disrespected the voices of the people cannot go unchallenged.
“This is unacceptable and cannot go unchallenged,” she said.
The Speaker also accused the minister for failure to listen to the views of the helpless population and irregularly attending Parliament sittings.
“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.
Rule 211 of the Parliamentary Rules of Procedure defines contempt of Parliament as “an act or omission which obstructs or impedes Parliament in the performance of its functions or which obstructs or impedes a Member or officer of Parliament in the discharge of his duties or affronts the dignity of Parliament or which tends either directly or indirectly to produce such a result.”
Kadaga described Mr Tumwebaze’s action as “a high level of arrogance” and that the Minister, “acted in total disregard, disrespected and disdain insisted on switching off unregistered simcards.
On Thursday Parliament adopted a motion presented by the Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza, to urge government to extend the deadline of simcard registration to a period not more than one year.
The motion was premised on; the delay by government to equitably distribute identity cards, technical glitches faced by telecommunication companies and that these could not be punished on the population.
However, today Minister Tumwebaze and the Uganda Communications Commission insisted on the May 19 deadline, saying that they could hold no more.
Kadaga said that government had an opportunity to state its position on Thursday, a case that wasn’t.
“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.