The Uganda Communications Commission is a body corporate established under Section 4 of the Uganda Communications Act 2013 to regulate the telecommunications, radio, television, broadcasting and postal and courier services industry in Uganda.
The Commission is in accordance with section 5(b) of the Uganda Communications Act 2013 mandated to monitor, inspect, license, supervise, control and regulate all communications services.
Section 33 of the Act prohibits any person from conveying, delivering or distributing postal articles without a licence issued under the Act. Postal articles are defined to include any letter, postcard, newspaper, book, document, pamphlet pattern, sample packet, small packet, parcel package or other article tendered for dispatch or specified in the International Postal Union or in the licence of an operator.
It has come to the attention of the Commission that a number of persons are involved in the business of conveying, delivering and distribution of postal articles without licences issued by the Commission.
This is, therefore, to advise all persons who are operating postal businesses, including courier services, without valid licences issued by the Commission, to IMMEDIATELY cease such operations until after they have applied and OBTAINED valid licences from the Commission.
The Commission shall, from the November 1, 2017, embark on nationwide enforcement activities against illegal postal and courier operators. Accordingly, the general public is advised to always ensure that whoever they contract to provide them with postal and courier services is in possession of a valid licence issued by the Commission to avoid any potential risks and/or inconveniences.
All licensed postal and courier service providers are reminded to conspicuously display their valid licences at all their business premises and/or branches.
For further information on this matter, please do not hesitate to contact the Uganda Communications Commission.