KAMPALA — Police detective are actively investigating acts of criminality linked to mobile phone and devices, says Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga.
He also revealed police task teams have further established that a total of 885 phones had used sim cards whose phone history is being verified while an additional 748 phones had invalid IMEI, making them illegal and not authorized for usage in the country.
Such phones that are illegal and the continued use of unregistered sim cards or swapped sim cards, Enanga sais poses serious threats to country’s security.
“It is on record that several suspects, including hardcore repeat offenders, drug dealers and violent offenders use cell phones that do not provide a traceable record, he said adding Uganda legislated on sim card registration and unauthorized devices, to help mitigate security concerns, criminal and anti-social behavior.
The records above he said do show that there are still many phones with invalid IMEIs, and those still using unregistered sim cards.
Mr Enanga said police leadership will engage Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) from the perception of national security, and carry out joint enforcement programs to block all active, but unregistered sim cards, switch off all unauthorized mobile phones, as part of a massive drive against fake mobile phones, with invalid IMEIs.
One can check IMEI from the device packaging box or from under the battery or by dialing *#06#