People who fail to register during the ongoing mass national identity card enrollment exercise, will not get another chance once the deadline expires, Internal Affairs Minister General Aronda Nyakairima has disclosed.
The national ID registration exercise kicked off on 14th April and expected to last for four month.
The exercise is expected to capture data of 18million Ugandans. Nyakairima says government will not extend the exercise once the registration deadline expires since it was allocated ample time. He disclosed this while speaking to local leaders from Acholi and West Nile sub-region at Bomah Hotel in Gulu town over the weekend.
Nakairima says the registration exercise has been planned for only four months, which was extensively published. He says those who miss out the registration will have difficulties in crossing to other countries and miss out on many opportunities ranging from employment, business and university sponsorship. Catherine Doreen Lowila, the Vice Chairperson Acholi Parliamentary Group argued that the ID registration exercise will have to be extended considering the numerous irregularities it had.
Lowila said the Internal Affairs Ministry and all the implementing bodies did not plan well for the enrollment exercise since it kicked off and it is the sole reason why people in the region have not registered. He pointed out that there are a few registration Kits in the region, which don’t match the population adding that, ample time should be given so that all eligible applicants in the region can register.
She added that as local leaders in the region, they will intervene to ensure that enough time is given by internal affairs ministry to locals to register to cover up for the lost time when the exercise faced irregularities. Lowila said other areas in the region are hard to reach and sparsely populated citing Latoro and Got Apwoyo parishes in Purongo Sub-County in Nwoya district.
The ongoing ID registration phase I will end on 14th August this year and another phase of ID registration will proceed in September at Sub-County levels. At the moment, over 7 million people have been registered country wide.