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NIRA Stuck with 18,000 Unclaimed IDs in Mbale

Davis Nyanzi, the Mbale District NIRA Information, Communication and Technology Officer, says the IDs have piled up at the registration centers because people have failed to pick them.
More than 18,000 National Identity cards have remained uncollected from the respective distribution centers in Mbale district.  

According to the National Identification and Registration Authority-NIRA, despite taking back the National identity cards to the sub-county level, their owners have showed up to pick them.     

Davis Nyanzi, the Mbale District NIRA Information, Communication and Technology Officer, says the IDs have piled up at the registration centers because people have failed to pick them.  

“For those who registered and have not picked their IDs should do so. We have more than 18,000 IDs that are to be collected. We are totally stuck with these IDs that are just lying uncollected,” Nyanzi said. 

He suspects that the IDs could be for students and police officers who registered in Mbale and left for others areas before they were issued. Nyanzi says that some people haven’t taken realized the importance of National Identity cards and called upon local leaders to mobilize their voters to pick them.   

Moses Mukhwana, a resident of Musoto in Mbale district, says that he registered for the National ID but lacks time to pick it.  "If they want they can bring it to my home but I don't have that time to waste. Why should I waste the little earned money traveling to town to pick the ID" he said.  

The national ID is mandatory requirement for Ugandans seeking services like securing bank loans and travel documents among others. Getting an ID is free of charge. To get a replacement for a lost national ID is Shillings 50,000 upon presenting a letter from the police.  

Mass registration for national Ids started in 2014. The exercise was intended to help government to plan properly and provide easy access to a wide range of social services and facilities to the citizens. 

IDs are valid for a period of ten years. Although they are currently being offered for free, Ugandans will pay for renewal in 2024.

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