By Watchdog reporter

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen. Kale Kayihura has said that verification of SIM cards by Telecom companies will help to reduce the high levels of crimes in the country.

While briefing journalists today at Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) headquarters in Bugolobi, Gen. Kayihura revealed that most of the crimes being committed now days have an interconnection with usage of illegal SIM cards.

“The reason why these measures are being put in place, mobile phones are weapons of criminals which they use to coordinate crimes like murder, theft, feud and many more so verifying and deactivating SIM cards will help us to fight criminality in the highest way possible,” Kayihura said.

According to the Police Boss, to have a SIM card a person must have an identity to ensure that the phone is going to be used in a good because there are very many bad people who misuse phones to disorganize security.

On the other hand, Kayihura confirmed that police has agreed with UCC to track down people who abuse social media.

This comes at a moment when Makerere University Research fellow, Dr. Stella Nyanzi is being charged with two counts which include Cyber harassment among others after insulting President Yoweri Museveni and his wife Janet Kataaha Museveni.

“If anyone is blaming us for Dr. Nyanzi’s arrest, you blame Kayihura I take the responsibility. Even if the First lady forgave her publicly, police has to do its job we cannot accept such behavior in our society.