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Weekly Discussion Roundup 12th -18th May 2014 PDF Print E-mail

1. Stolen laptop Initiated by Robert Kasozi

A friend lost her laptop (hp pavilion). Is there a possibility of finding it given she has details like its serial number?


Apple has a feature - called "Find My iPhone" and "Find My Laptop" but it needs to be first activated on the device itself before it can work .



Conclusion/ Remarks

To those who want to have 75% of recovery in case of theft or loss, try to install Quickheal antivirus which has a tracking feature. It’s found in IT shops around Kampala or contact

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2. VSAT service provider. Initiated by Herman

Can someone recommend a genuine VSAT service provider in Uganda.






Conclusion/ Remarks

Try Sysnet

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Try Maisha Networks (Andrew Gidoi 0777 777395 or 0712 807395)


truIT Uganda Limited


3. WARID is the WORST NETWORK Initiated by Asiimwe Paddy

Credit has not been activated for use in over 24 hours. Help needed from UCC the regulator.




Warid bombards its subscribers with offers without consumer's consent and then deduct their monies.


Why does my SIM card charge for roaming when I have never activated it?

(Suggestion: After Airtel bought Warid, subscribers on Warid who are located where there is no BTS are regarded as roaming at Airtel.)


Why doesn’t Airtel inform its subscribers of changes in time?


Why does Airtel spam its subscribers?

Conclusion/ Remarks

Rates have gone up. It will be 25k starting on 20th May.


Top up with 5k and go to Airtel House on Jinja Rd for manual activation.


4. SMS Provider Initiated by Aaron Kirunda

Needed: a legit and affordable SMS platform that will not disappear after a few months.







You can call 0779070724.
Or send an email to

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5. Issue of National Identity Cards Initiated by Nelson Kituuka

It will be next to impossible to verify information provided by people registering. Therefore other sources of data should be used for cross reference and to quicken the process because data already captured elsewhere need not be collected again.

Biometrics will not determine that the information being given is genuine. Whether the name given is indeed your name or that you are not stealing someone else's identity.




NITA-U had similar ideas. I would imagine that NITA-U is part of the multi-stakeholder ID team, or are they not?


Most IT projects fail because of the people and not the technology. The previous ID card project had a wastage rate of 70% so in simple terms if you don't do your homework well, you fail.


Mathematics will eventually cripple this operation. At this rate the target still won't be hit.


Why not use a portal like URA for self registration and only use the registration centres for finger-print and photo?





Conclusions/ Remarks

Mobilize a few interested people into a more detailed discussion


Can anyone please tell me how Ugandans abroad can register for the national ID


It might be too late to effect changes.


Less than 5% of Ugandans do have identification, the rest do not have.


Try and get the private sector involved. Put a fee of lets say 500 shillings per person enrolled and only validate the entries at the registration centres.


Use phased approach by following geographical boundaries to cover one area at a time. Start with easy targets like in schools, hospitals and government institutions.

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