April 24, 2014

Opposition Leaders Want ID Project Suspended

Former FDC leader Kizza Besigye addresses a press conference  in Kampala recently.
Former FDC leader Kizza Besigye addresses a press conference in Kampala recently.

Ugandan Opposition party leaders and civil society activists have called for the immediate suspension of the National Identity Card project saying that the exercise is illegal and highly compromised.
 
While addressing journalists at Parliament, the group said the current exercise is not credible adding that there is need for an authentic, well-organised national registration project which the current exercise lacks.

The group which came together a few months ago to campaign for free and fair elections is concerned that the current exercise has been greatly compromised due to the absence of a policy framework and a legal backing.

Uganda People’s Congress party president Olara Otunnu, who is the leading coordinator of the group, said it is unthinkable that an exercise of this magnitude is being executed in a complete legal and policy vacuum.

The group also is concerned that the fusing of the national ID project with the registration of voters is illegal and suspect saying that Electoral Commission is the only body mandated by the law to conduct an independent register of voters.

Otunnu said they can’t accept that the heavily-flawed national ID project should become a substitute for a proper register of voters adding that the exercise is out-rightly partisan.

Former FDC party leader Dr. Kiiza Besigye said that the project is completely illegal and partisan noting that it is spearheaded by a minister whose appointment is still subject of contention in court. Internal Affairs minister Aronda Nyakairima was appointed minister without retiring from the army as required by the constitution leading to a couple of MPs taking the matter to court.

Besigye said the project is being managed by dubious people who have militarised it by appointing other military individuals and Internal Security operatives as supervisors of the project. He said such a register should not be used as a voter’s register because it has partisan individuals at the top and Local Council one chairpersons, who have been in office since the movement system started, at the bottom.

FDC president Gen Mugisha Muntu said Uganda is being run by someone’s farm adding that the rest of the region has had a regulatory framework before embarking on such an exercise. The party’s secretary for legal affairs, Wandera Ogalo, said that for a project which is meant to capture data of all Ugandans, there was need for strong regulation to make it compulsory.

He also said that under the current exercise, a citizen can’t seek redress if aggrieved by a registrar adding that the legal framework was also necessary to clearly outline the requirements. He says that due to the absence of the framework, different registrars are asking for different requirements which he says have made it irregular.

The group therefore suggests that the exercise be suspended to allow for critical rectifications saying that the leader of opposition has a bill drafted for the same.

Registration for the National IDs started on 14th April and is expected to last four months.

10 thoughts on “Opposition Leaders Want ID Project Suspended

  1. To any sane Ugandans whose isn’t corrupt drunk, should have seen that the exercise was just a scum from day one. Those of us who saw it yet having low voices where ever we are simply sat back to wait for such an occassion of collective denouncement.
    There is little merit in the ID registration thing. See how tax payers money is wasted.

  2. The other day, these very hooligans were condemning Government for not availing national IDs, now that the Govt has responded they want the programme suspended

    1. Because you lack decernment ability so rest in where ever you are. You will jump ship when things are good.

  3. Government has failed to provide ID to citizens it is only trying this and that in vain because lack of experience and capable personnel

  4. wadada please use a modest way of refering to people,i dont support their idea but calling them hooligans is un becoming,who are u ur self.Have respect however much u dont love something.we know they are trying to stall the govt programme and we are not happy but just have respect and avoid arrogance,u are showing a high level of ignorance.

  5. The way the id Project has hit up is too fast, in a short time, why the hurry? I dont want to possess an id because of the elections only but because am a Ugandan and we need to verify so much

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