Prime Minister Squeezed Over National ID Project

Ruhakana Rugunda, Uganda’s prime minister

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has directed the Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda to make a statement on the persistent concerns raised by legislators on the cumbersome process of acquiring National identifications (IDs).

“This issue was discussed in the last sitting and we made a resolution that the ID processing should be decentralized but this has not yet been done. Every Ugandan has a right to an ID,” she said.

Government started issuance of national IDs to citizens in 2014 and subsequently, a policy was passed making the ID a requirement for accessing services and jobs countrywide.

MPs however, said that since the inception of the IDs, the process of acquiring the IDs has frustrated many Ugandans, thereby affecting their ability to access services and jobs.  

Hon. Gaffa Mbwatekamwa (NRM, Kasambya County) who raised a matter of national importance during plenary sitting on 25 February 2020 called for the decentralization of the ID issuance.

“People come to Kampala and even spend sleepless nights because they are chasing for IDs. Getting a passport has become easier than getting a national ID,” he said.

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