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Sunday, December 01, 2013 

Uganda Identity cards coming in effect in 2014

KAMPALA, UGANDA -The government of Uganda has said National Identity Cards will be issued starting April 2014.
The government said printing of the Ush285b (USD$112m) cards will be done in Kampala, following countrywide collection and verification of data.
Internal Affairs Minister and former army commander Gen. Aronda Nyakairima said at the launching of the exercise that it will be divided into two phases. The first phase will include the registration of all citizens aged 16 and above.
 The second phase will have all citizens below 16 years registered.
Prior to the launch, the government had carried out a pilot ID project that had a number of loopholes.
“Country wide collection and verification of data will be critically done. The registration will be done at the parish/village level,” Nyakairima said during the launch.
He estimated that the mass enrollment will ensure registration of over 18 million citizens aged 16 and above.
The job will be done by the Ministry of Internal Affairs together with sister ministries of Defence, Local Government, Information and Communications technology and National Guidance.
According to Nyakairima, security agencies like Police, Army, Prisons, ISO and ESO will assist in the work as well as Uganda Bureau of Statistics, Uganda Registration Services Bureau, Citizenship and Immigrations Board, Uganda Revenue Authority, Electoral Commission and the National Information Technology Authority. Though Uganda’s ID project has delayed for years due to procurement flaws, the minister was grateful that it will soon be realized. It is an EAC integration requirement that member states issue National IDs to their citizens. Rwanda and Kenya have issued national IDs to their citizens.

By Paul Tentena, Sunday, December 01st, 2013