Onek To Support Gen. Aronda On National ID Project


approved geneva; font-size: small;”>He said this at the handover ceremony of Internal Affairs Ministerial office at the headquarters in Kampala on Wednesday.

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Onek said the project has been moving slowly due to the limited finances in the ministry but he is very happy that the process has kicked off.

“The Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration is currently handling the project and has tried to ensure that citizens receive their ID’s free of charge,” he said.

Hillary Onek has vowed to work hand in hand with the Gen Aronda Nyakairima to ensure that the National Identity Card project is accomplished by 2014

“In my view citizens should not have to pay to have their national identification but the ministry should rather revise other means of getting revenue from the use of these ID’s like in banks where one has to pay for verification to be authenticated which can form a basis of revenue earning from the ID’s,” he cautioned.

Onek called upon Gen. Aronda to use the very experience he used to eradicate ghost soldiers to ensure that ghost citizens are eradicated out Uganda.

He also promised to work hand in hand with Gen. Aronda to persuade the Electoral Commission to give at least 10 percent of the money they requested to register voters to overcome the problem of financing the ID project.

Former Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Gen Aronda Nyakairima has started his work as the new minister of Internal Affairs, temporarily ending a political storm that clouded his appointment

“Electoral Commission is asking for Shs 1.2 trillion to register voters but we are asking for only Shs 100m to register all citizens of the country which is even less that 10 percent of their budget,” he added.

Onek told Aronda to ensure that the number of Police officers is increased to match the current population of Uganda.

“Uganda police should be having about 65,000 officers to match the population upon the existing 43,000 who are all concentrating in Kampala making the prevention and handling of crime outside Kampala more challenging,” he expounded.

Some of the officials present as Gen Aronda received the instruments of power from his predecessor, Hilary Onek at a brief ceremony held at the Ministry’s headquarters along Jinja Road in Kampala.


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