National Identity Card Issuance Begins

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The process of issuing the IDs begins in Kampala where it will take the whole month of December before moving to other parts of the country.

Ugandans have begun to receive their National Identity cards this Wednesday following the launch of the issuance by the president and distribution among the senior citizens at Munyonyo Resort hotel.
 
Those issued with IDs include, the president, the first Lady, Ms Janet Kataha, the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, head of Public Service John Mitala and Patrick Bitature from the private sector.
 
The president began by touring the production center and was led through the process of verification, producing IDs and their storage.
 
The process of issuing the IDs begins in Kampala where it will take the whole month of December before moving to other parts of the country.
 
According to President Museveni, 86% of the population above the age of 16years have so far been registered and the remaining 2.5million of the 18million will be registered between now and February 2015.
 
The issuance of the cards is planned to end in August 2015 and in July 2015 another phase of registration is to begin in which children between the age of 0 and 16 and resident foreigners are to be registered.
 
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The Minister of Internal Affairs and National coordinator of the ID project, General Aronda Nyakairima says, there will be a verification process at the parish level during the issuance of the IDs through use of finger prints and photographs.
 
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The project team has so far registered 16million out of the target 18million Ugandans above the age of 16 years.
 
After the full implementation of the project and issuance of IDs to the target 18million Ugandans, the Ministry of Internal Affairs will await the passing of a registration of persons bill that is expected to help form a National Identity Card Authority.
 
The Authority will be a body that will handle the National ID project continuously with the continued registration of people and issuance of IDs to adults.
 
The ID is to be used as a mandatory document for accessing of public services including free health care, Universal Primary education and Universal Secondary education among others.
 
Issuance of the cards will be free to all first time holder but renewal and replacement of a lost ID are to be charged a fee yet to be decided by cabinet.