Museveni: National IDs to Check Electoral Malpractices, Crime

dosage sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>“If you have lived in Uganda for 20 years before the 1995 constitution then you shall be given citizenship upon request, ask ” said Museveni at State House Nakasero. sans-serif;”>

He added: “if you belong to the tribes that were in Uganda by 1926 then you are Ugandan.”

Museveni warned against harassing immigrants.

He urged Ugandans to provide guidance to all immigrants, adding a good population is good for the nation.

“If there are South Sudanese here and they don’t want to be Ugandans then they will stay as residents,” he observed.

The President listed qualifications for citizenship as – birth, descent, registration, naturalisation and adoption before cautioning illegal immigrants against making false statement during the registration.

The National Identity cards will not only be helpful in identifying criminals but also in enabling Ugandans travel across the region with ease and execute banking transactions.

Museveni said the availability of IDs will empower authorities to put an end on electoral malpractices such as multiple voting.

ID registration teams will be equipped with laptops, signature pads, cameras and document scanners.

The President scoffed at critics who accuse government of vole rigging, saying if NRM was so interested in benefitting from electoral malpractices it would not “introduce these computers.”

“Keep your pessimism to yourself. The ID project will be implemented properly,” he advised.

He said the registration exercise would have started in 2001 but was confused by saboteurs who argued that Africans’ finger prints are usually eroded by the hoe.

Majority of Ugandans thrive on subsistence farming.


2:50PM: President Museveni is expected Sunday to address a press conference at State House, Nakasero on the national Identity Card project.

The President’s address comes against the backdrop of concerns from opposition members that key stakeholders in the exercise have been left out.

The Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Wafula Oguttu (FDC, Bukooli Central) this week said registration of Ugandans was connected to the electoral process since it targets individuals of 16 years and above who will be of voting age during the next general election in for 2016.

He, however, said that the different political parties had neither been involved nor formally informed about the registration process.

“Why did government choose to involve people from only one party (NRMO), leading to loss of credibility to the exercise. People are taking this as an NRM exercise, which it is not,” he said, adding that, “Other parties should be involved.”

Hon. Joseph Ssewungu (DP, Kalungu West) wondered how locals would be easily identified if the committees carrying out the registration exercise do not work with local area leaders.

Members said the required identification documents are not widely available to people, while some non Ugandans may hold some of them especially passports and school identity cards.

In response, Internal Affairs State Minister James Baba said the registration process for Ugandan citizens to obtain national identity cards (Ids) is technical and non- political.

“This process is purely technical and has nothing to do with political parties. It is for the purpose of getting national IDs. It is obligatory,” he stressed.

Minister Baba said Ugandans are required to present a birth certificate, baptism certificate, passport, school identification card, school report or marriage certificate to prove their citizenship.

He however said that a Committee set up at Parish level comprising an elder and LC1 would verify one’s citizenship. The Minister also said that LC3 and district officials would be involved in the verification exercise, and added that one can appeal at Sub County, district or Immigration Board level.

Museveni’s address is also expected to raise awareness for the registration exercise which starts on Monday.

Officials say the national IDs will help to curb crime in the country and enhance Ugandans’ dignity.

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