Government will not extend the first phase of the National IDs registration which ends next month.
Anyone who will miss out on the current phase which is at village and parish levels will have to wait for the second phase which will be at sub-county level.
The Minister for Internal Affairs, Gen Aronda Nyakairima, announced the development this week while meeting local leaders from Acholi and West Nile sub-regions in Gulu Town.
The first phase of the National ID registration started on April 14 and has 31 days remaining to end.
“This registration exercise in its first phase has been planned for only four months. We took a lot of initiative in informing the locals about the process and we do not intend to give any more opportunity,” Gen Nyakairima said.
“We encourage locals in the region to get time and register for the national ID. It will be beneficial to the locals and the government especially in information storage since a national data bank for the locals will be created,” Gen Aronda explained.
“Those who will miss out completely on ID registration will have difficulties in crossing to other countries and other opportunities such as employment and university sponsorship,” he warned.
In a telephone interview with Saturday Monitor on Monday, vice chairperson Acholi Parliamentary Group and Pader District Woman MP, Doreen Catherine Lowila, said the first phase of the ID registration should be extended because it was interrupted by irregularities at the beginning.
“We feel that ID registration at village and parish level will help those who cannot trek for several kilometres to reach sub-county headquarters where phase two will be conducted,” she said.
“Many parishes in the region have few or no registration kits to-date, how does the ministry expect such communities to get their data captured?” Ms Lowila asked.
“As local leaders, we shall intervene to ensure enough time is given by the Internal Affairs ministry to locals to register,” she said.
Ms Lowila added that some areas are hard to reach and sparsely populated.
The ongoing national ID registration phase one will end on August 14 and phase II will start in September at sub-county level. Eighteen million people are expected to be registered during the exercise.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor