President Yoweri Museveni is expected to launch the issuance of national IDs tomorrow.
According to the minister of Internal Affairs Gen Aronda Nyakairima, the processing of data and production of the national identity cards for Ugandan citizens who registered has progressed well, and the issuance of the national identity cards to Ugandan citizens will commence on December 3, this year.
“The issuance exercise will be preceded by a launch ceremony on Tuesday, which will be presided over by H.E. Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Thereafter, the first batch of cards will be issued to those Ugandan citizens who successfully registered at enrolment centers in Kampala Capital City,” said Gen Aronda who is also the national coordinator, National Identity Card Project.
He further observed that a total of 15,576,000 people (86.5%) of the targeted population (18 million) registered for the national IDs. This therefore leaves an estimated outstanding eligible population of 2,424,000 (3.5 %) who are yet to register.
“The registration exercise continues until February 27, 2015 and provides opportunity for such persons (3.5%) to register for the national IDs,” added Gen Aronda in a statement issued over the weekend.
The issuance of the IDs in other districts, according to the minister, will be carried out progressively over the next nine months.
“The national identity cards card is a long awaited intervention in addressing the challenge of citizen identification and will enable the Government to plan properly and provide easy access to a wide range of social services and facilities. Members of the public are therefore, urged to support this exercise by participating in accordance with the guidelines that will be issued,” he reiterated.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor