Source: Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)
By Muddy Mulisa in Bukoba
HOME Affairs Minister Kangi Lugola has cautioned National Identification Agency (NIDA) officials against issuing national identity cards (IDs) to non-Tanzanians living especially in border villages.
Addressing a meeting in Kaisho Township, Kyerwa District, at the weekend, Mr Lugola said he had received reports indicating that some of the aliens were issued IDs. “I direct NIDA officials to verify those, who have been issued IDs to ensure no alien possesses an ID,” he said.
Accordingly, NIDA has appealed to Kagera residents to turn up for verification at their respective ward offices and fill objection forms if non-citizens appear on the list of eligible citizens.
NIDA Regional Coordinator Hassan Godigodi said Bukoba, Biharamulo, Missenyi, Karagwe, and Kyerwa districts had completed registration, while Muleba and Ngara districts were expected to complete it by December 17, last year. He thus urged the residents to go to their respective ward offices to verify their names and photographs.
“Where aliens appear on the list of eligible citizens, people should not hesitate to report them to the authorities by filling in objection forms. This is important for it will ensure that only eligible Tanzanians get IDs,” he noted.
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