National IDs Replace Passports

In Nairobi, Kenya on December 13, President Museveni launched the use of Uganda’s national identity cards as travel documents in the East African region.

At the launch of the document at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport in Nairobi, Museveni displayed his identity card as he travelled back to Uganda instead of a passport. According to a State House statement, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta had earlier asked President Museveni to use his identity card to demonstrate to Ugandans its relevance in the region.

The president was in Nairobi to attend the Northern Corridor Summit and Kenya’s 51st Independence day anniversary celebrations. Early this year, Presidents Kenyatta and Paul Kagame used their national IDs to travel from Nairobi and Kigali to Uganda for the fourth summit of the Northern Corridor Integration project.

Kenyatta was pleased that many Ugandans had started using the document to travel to Kenya as well as transact business. The ID project was launched last year in the three countries to replace the use of a passport or visa when travelling in East Africa in an effort to make it easier for entrepreneurs to operate across borders.

Kenya and Rwanda are using their respective IDs as travel documents and Uganda will now join them after the ongoing distribution of national IDs.

Source : The Observer

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