Over 300,000 MTN unregistered subscribers disconnected in a fresh wave of fighting anonymity by Government.

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The Unwanted Witness News-brief; Barely one month after it was revealed that Uganda Government bought Spyware, over 300,000 MTN unregistered subscribers have been disconnected in a fresh wave of fighting anonymity by Government. 

Kampala, 23rd/11/2015; Telecom companies are under fresh pressure from government to disconnect all unregistered SIM Cards in its bid to fight anonymity in communication. This follows barely one month after reports revealed that Uganda government procuredfspywares including Finfisher targeting its critics.

On 15th October 2015, the report ‘For God and my President’ by privacy International revealed that government through using Finfisher is listening to private conversations and infected over 28 hotels’ WIFI in Kampala, Entebbe and Masaka to collect information on people’s computers and intercepting e-mails among others.

The fresh fighting of anonymity is ensuing when Ugandans are expected to go to polls in February 2016. This is the second time for telecoms in Uganda to face similar pressure from government after 2013 but the first attempt was not successful as they (telecoms) defied it on economic grounds.

Currently, the affected subscribers can neither make voice communication nor connect to mobile Internet and the Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) has issued a deadline of 30th/November/2015 to telecoms to switch off all unregistered SIM Cards.

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