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Uganda Starts National Identity Card Registration Exercise

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In August 2013, the government ended the pilot National Identity Card issuance exercise which was carried out in 24 parishes of Kampala Central Division.


According to State Minister for Internal Affairs, James Baba, Ugandans are required to present a birth certificate, baptism certificate, passport, school identification card, school report or marriage certificate to prove their citizenship.


A Committee set up at Parish level comprising an elder and LC1 will verify one’s citizenship.


The Minister further notes 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.


The national Identity Card will be used for citizenship identification, issuance of national identity cards, passports, travel and other purposes.


Baba says “If instituted, the identification system would be a valuable tool for government not only for dealing with crime but, for planning and provision of social services as well.”


He points out the national IDs will apply in timely registration and monitoring of citizenship, births, marriages, deaths, aliens and refugees etc.


The cards will as well be useful in immigration and passport control, employment-pension contributions, benefits, insurance and law enforcement especially in ability to track illegal activities and criminals.


Government also hopes to use national IDs in national population statistics (censuses, surveys, segregation and monitoring trends for planning purposes etc).


Museveni speaks out


Speaking at a press conference on Sunday at State House, Nakasero, President Museveni stressed the importance of a digitalized national identity card saying it is a difficult document to fall prey to forgery.


The exercise will last four months.


Mr. Museveni revealed that the registration for the identity cards would commence today at all the Parishes throughout the country.


Museveni told the nation that the IDs biometric data would be centrally stored pointing out that the information captured will also include the Citizen’s blood group.


He said that this would ease the work of medical personnel in knowing the blood groups of people in the event that one was involved in an accident and required blood transfusion.


He said the DNA of citizens would also be captured this data would help the Police to identify persons involved in crimes such as rape. He said that the exercise too would eliminate people involved in fraud and impersonators.


He observed that cheating in elections will stop since a computerized electoral register would be available.


The President further revealed that among the negative characters to be eliminated by the exercise are serial bank loan defaulters. He also added that the national identity cards will be used as travel documents within the East African Region.


He, therefore, called on the registration officials to help wananchi at the time of registration. He gave assurances that all Ugandans aged 16 years and above qualify for the national identity card adding that the exercise will go a long way in easing the issue of knowing who a Ugandan citizen is.


The President cautioned immigrants who wish to become Ugandan citizens against making false statements to immigration officials.


Mr. Museveni clarified that the exercise would enable Government to register citizens who are in the country and that those found outside the boarders of Uganda would be registered upon their re-entry into the country.


While referring to people being registered as Ugandans by birth, he said that those who belong to communities / tribes that were in Uganda in 1926 qualify.


He was confident that the exercise would eliminate ghost voters as well as ghost workers in the civil service and also ensure smooth voting devoid of the hitherto encumbrances in the country.

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