Foreigners who have been registering illegally at the on-going national Identity Card exercise are to be scrapped off the list, the spokesperson for the Immigration Department at the Ministry of Internal Affairs has said. “Any foreigner who will refuse to nationalise themselves in Uganda will be forced to leave the country and will be counted as illegally staying in the country,” Mr Jacob Siminyu said.
He said the foreigners who chanced the registration illegally will be tracked as they have to first buy certificates of nationalisation at fee of Shs100,000 per person at any immigration office. “Even though the person has stayed in Uganda for more than 50 years, heshe will have to undergo a normal procedure of getting certificate of nationalisation,” he said.
Mr Aruwa Madit-rowth, a Congolese national who has been living in Dei village in Panyimur Sub-county, Nebbi District, since 1978, said government should lower the fee since they have stayed in the country for long and have large families.
stronThe challengesstronThe supervisor for ID project in Panyimur, Mr Lawrence Odongkara, said: “It is hard for us to differentiate the Congolese from a Ugandans since both speak the same language and stay as brothers and sisters.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor