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Uganda to Eliminate Multiple Travel Documents in October

The issuance of the national Identity cards is to begin on a small scale and will only be extensive in March 2015. Currently, the applicants forms are being verified at Kololo airstrip National Security Information Office (NSIS) offices and those whose citizenship is found questionable will be returned to the Sub-county for clarification.

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No other document except the National Identity card (ID) and the passport will be considered as a travel document effective October 2014, Pamela Ankunda, the spokesperson of the internal affairs ministry has revealed. 

According to Ankunda, Uganda will be fulfilling its promise to other countries in the East African region to rule out multiple travel documents.  Shortly after launching the mass national identity card enrollment exercise, the internal affairs ministry said, the ID would be the official travel document in the region. 

Ugandans have been using various travel documents within the region such as student IDs, Local Council introduction letters, Temporary travel permits from the internal affairs ministry and Voter's Card among others.//Cue In: “Uganda was…..Cue Out:…… who registered”//

The issuance of the national Identity cards is to begin on a small scale and will only be extensive in March 2015. 

Despite assurances by Ankunda that, the issuance of the National IDs will start in October her boss the Internal Affairs minister General Aronda Nyakairima told URN in an interview on Monday that they were still negotiating with Mulbuer, the Germany firm to release the hi-tech ID printing machines.

Currently, the applicants' forms are being verified at Kololo airstrip National Security Information Office (NSIS) offices and those whose citizenship is found questionable will be returned to the Sub-county for clarification.  Once citizen ship is denied, they can appeal to the project steering committee and if it still remains questionable, they are mandated bylaw to appeal to the High court. 

So far, thousands of people have been scrapped from the database after their citizenship was questioned, the latest being the 2854 Kenyan Nationals who had registered in Namayingo. The Ministry of Internal Affairs has already presented a bill to Cabinet to allow the continuity of the registration exercise even after the project has closed down.

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