Uganda: Minister Admits to Mistakes in ID issuance

Published: 18/Jul/2019
Source: The Tower Post (Kampala)

By Marion Ayebazibwe

Government has acknowledged mistakes in the process of acquiring new and replacing lost national identification cards.

The Minister of State for Internal Affairs, Hon. Obiga Kania, was on Wednesday, 17 July 2019, responding to a matter of national importance raised by Hon. Odonga Otto (FDC, Aruu) who said that it was not only hard but also costly to obtain a national ID or replace a lost one.

Obiga Kania, however clarified that the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), the body charged with issuance of the document, was not registering voters but providing identification cards to all Ugandans.

Hon. Otto demanded that the Minister presents the detailed procedure of acquiring or replacing a national identity card.

“The ordinary person has to come to the NIRA centre that is functional in Kampala. Who are the upcountry offices serving?” Odonga Otto asked, adding that “We rent office space and pay salaries for staff who occupy these offices, but still people travel all the way to Kampala.”

He also inquired why the national IDs possess an expiry date. He wondered why an individual has to pay a fee of Shs50,000  for replacement of an ID and yet they got it free of charge in the place.

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Themes: ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Uganda
Year: 2019