Wednesday April 30 2014

Logistical challenges slow ID card project, says PS



Logistical challenges have slowed the registration for national identity cards, according to Mr Steven P. Kagoda, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Mr Kagoda said this while attending a consultative forum organised by the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI) in Kampala yesterday.
“We currently operate below capacity [50 per cent] due to logistical challenges. However we hope to have supplies soon,” said Mr Kagoda.
The revelations come after a number of Ugandans have faulted the process for being slow and lacking sensitisation.

Civil society organisations including Uganda Women’s Network (Uwonet), Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (Ccedu) and Opposition parties have raised a number of concerns over the process including lack of visibility and registration of minors.

Yesterday Ms Rita Aciro Lakor, the Uwonet executive director raised similar concerns, saying the process “lacked visibility even in Kampala. Similarly, Mr Crispy Kaheru, the Ccedu coordinator, said his organisation would soon dispatch a team to check the progress of the process.

However, Mr Kagoda said logistical challenges would be sorted as the ministry expects to have necessary equipment soon.
He said they [Ministry of Internal Affairs], were fast trucking the process in order to beat the February 27, 2015 deadline when the first phase of the process is expected to stop.

“The first phase of registration will be stopped by February to allow the Electoral Commission to display and update voters’ registers,” Mr Kagoda said. Currently, the process is in its first phase registering citizens from the age of 16 years and above for the issuance of national identity cards.

About the project
Second phase. According to Mr Kagoda the second phase of the national ID card registration will begin in July 2016, immediately after the 2016 general election. The exercise will target all citizens of Uganda including babies.
Card issuance. The first batch of printed indented cards is expected to be ready by August and will be sent to sub-counties for issuance.