By Watchdog reporter

Telecommunication service providers are all set to switch off all unregistered SIM cards today midnight as per directive from government.

Today is the deadline for SIM cards registration and by midnight over two million unregistered cards will be switched off.

Recently, the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda while addressing the press revealed that this time round no extension is going to be granted.

“That is the decision the meeting took; all unverified/unregistered Sim cards will be switched off at midnight of August 30, when the three months extension granted by President Yoweri Museveni expires,”said Rugunda.

This comes at a time when Uganda is reinforcing its internal security and curb the rising number of crime rate. Brig Henry Tumukunde, Minister for Security, said the registration and verification will help trace a crime to the person who committed it.

Information and Communications Technology Minister Frank Tumwebaze said reprieve will be granted only to subscribers with money on their mobile money accounts — but only for withdrawal.

“Those with mobile money on their phones will be allowed to withdraw, but they will not be able to load,” he said.