The Issuance of National Identity cards for Ugandan nationals will start on Wednesday following progress in the mass enrollment exercise that commenced in April, the ministry of internal affairs has said.
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 Wednesday, 3rd December 2014, Internal Affairs Minister Gen Aronda Nyakairima says in a statement.
The issuance exercise will be preceded by a launch ceremony on Tuesday 2nd December, 2014, which will be presided over by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Thereafter, the first batch of cards will be issued to those Ugandan citizens who successfully registered at enrollment centers in Kampala Capital City, the statement adds.
The issuance in other districts will be carried out progressively over the next nine (9) months. The Road-map for the progressive issuance will be unveiled at the launch ceremony.
According to Aronda, who also doubles as the National Coordinator for the National Identity Card Project, 15,576,000 (representing 86.5%) of the targeted population were registered in the exercise that commenced on 14th April 2014.
“At the closure of registration at the parish on 11th August 2014, 14,800,000 (representing 82%) of the targeted 18,000,000 million citizens had been registered and over 776,000 applicants have been registered in the continuous registration exercise, which is based at the sub county,” the statement adds.
The registration exercise continues until 27th February 2015, and provides opportunity for the unregistered persons to register for the National Identity Card. These 2,424,000 people, constitute 13.5 % of the targeted population.
“The National Identity 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,” he says.
Members of the public are, therefore, urged to support this exercise by participating in accordance with the guidelines that will be issued.