Poor Turn Up Threatens National ID Registration as Deadline Looms

2082 Views Hoima, Uganda

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Along the Lake Albert Shoreline, it has been a challenge to differentiate the Alur of Congo from the indigenous Alur and so was the case with the Rwandese from Rwanda and the Banyarwanda who are dully recognized by the Ugandan constitution.

With just a month to the end of the much anticipated National ID registration exercise, reports from the countryside indicate a poor response.

The exercise which started three months at is targeted at 18 million Ugandans from the age of 16 and above.  It aims at capturing particulars of citizens; pending issuance of the National Identity Cards. But government may fall short of the target if there is no concerted effort to encourage people to register across the country.

Hoima district registrar Douglas Matsiko says of the 270,000 eligible residents, only 110,000 have successfully registered. Matsiko says low turn up and non-Ugandans wishing to register as Ugandans have been a major challenge to the exercise.

He reveals that along the Lake Albert Shoreline, it has been a challenge to differentiate the Alur of Congo from the indigenous Alur and so was the case with the Rwandese from Rwanda and the Banyarwanda who are dully recognized by the Ugandan constitution.

Last week Arnest Kiiza, Bunyoro Affairs Minister decried the region’s poor performance in the enrolment exercise. The Minister said the response level in Bunyoro stood at 19 percent while other regions scored above 70 percent.

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Internal Affairs Minister, Aronda Nyakairima this week revealed that the Mass Enrolment exercise won’t be extended. The exercise started on April 14 and concludes on August 13.