Uganda: MPs want Fee Levied on National ID Replacement Scrapped Off

Published: 3/Mar/2020
Source: Kampala Post

By Max Patrico

Members of Parliament want the fee charged for replacement of National Identity Cards scrapped off.

The legislators have asked the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) to stop levying a fee of Shs50,000 to people who intend to replace their National IDs after losing them.

In her communication while chairing the House on Tuesday, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said that she has received complaints that it’s difficult for Ugandans to acquire and replace that National Identity Cards due to ‘exorbitant’ fee and the period it takes for the ID to be processed. Kadaga said that she has learnt that the process to process an ID can take about four years.

“This is really very ugly and the citizens do not deserve such services. This is a very serious issue because I am now told there is no other valid document other than a National ID, not even the Passport or driving permit and yet the process to get one remains tedious,” Kadaga said.

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Themes: ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Uganda
Year: 2020