No national ID, no school in 2017

Government of Uganda is implementing the National Identity Card project under the coordination of Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Government of Uganda is implementing the National Identity Card project under the coordination of Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Effective June 2017, no child will be allowed in school without a national identity card, internal affairs minister, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima has said.

In addition, nobody (Ugandan or foreigner) will be allowed to live in Uganda if one is not registered and in possession of a national ID.

Aronda announced the plan during a meeting held at Kololo Independence Grounds on Saturday with citizenship verification officers whose contracts came to an end.

About 1,000 verification officers were recruited by government to authenticate information collected during the mass enrolment exercise that ended last year.

Aronda said distribution of national identity cards (IDs) for Ugandans who registered was expected to be rolled out to other parts of the country starting next month.

Issuance of the IDs started in Kampala in December last year and has since been only extended to neighbouring Wakiso district through a phased approach.

The Minister, quoting the road map set by the national security information system (NSIS), said all Ugandans who registered would have their IDs by August.

He said this was partly meant to ensure that politicians willing to contest in next year’s general elections can prepare for nominations.

At least 15.9 million Ugandans have so far been registered, the head of the NSIS secretariat, Alhaji Abdul Nsubuga disclosed at the meeting.

The Electoral Commission is expected to start the process of updating the voters’ register next month, ahead of next year’s general elections.

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