By Watchdog reporter

Ugandans may soon be compelled to own a Uganda Telecom (UTL) line just like having the National Identity Card.

Evelyn Anite, the State Minister for Investment and Privatization has revealed this while officiating the UTL blood donation drive at Constitution Square in Kampala yesterday.

Anite said having a UTL mobile line should be a show of patriotism and pride for Ugandans. UTL has been facing challenges, including a debt of nearly Shillings trillion, which saw it being placed under administration.

The minister, who has been instrumental in ensuring that UTL doesn’t wind up, applauded the staff for not only keeping the telecom company afloat but ensuring that it is not taken over by foreigners.

“Once the managerial problems in Uganda Telecom (UTL) have been “fixed, it is going to be compulsory for Ugandans to own a Utl line just as it is for you to have a national ID. You must have a Ugandan line. That is the spirit of patriotism,” said Anite.