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NATIONAL IDENTITY CARDS - GUIDANCE FOR UGANDANS IN THE DIASPORA

Friday, 19th June 2015

Following concerns raised by Uganda Missions abroad on this important matter, the Hon. Minister for Internal Affairs has communicated the Ministry of Internal Affairs' formal policy on registration matters of registering Uganda citizens abroad.On 1st November 2013, Cabinet approved the Implementation Strategy for the Mass Registration of Citizens of Uganda of 16 years and above. The immediate/short term need was for the project to register those who would participate in the general elections. In addition, the strategy set out to harmonize the existing legal framework on the Registration of Persons, among which was the need to provide for the registration of Uganda citizens in the Diaspora at our Missions abroad. Please note that the legal framework at the time of the mass registration exercise did not provide for the registration of citizens while in the Diaspora.On 26th March 2015, the Registration of Persons Act No 4 of 2015 became law. It, among others, provides for the Registration Centers abroad. Thus, official premises of Uganda¡¯s Mission abroad shall serve as registration centers for the purpose of registering citizens of Uganda to identify them and issue them with national identification numbers and national identity cards. The law further creates and mandates the National identification Registration Authority Board to designate other locations outside Uganda as registration centers after consultation with the Minister responsible for Foreign Affairs.The process of operationalizing this new law is now underway. The Board has been sworn in and will soon embark on its work. It is expected that the Ministry of Internal Affairs together with the Authority will initiate discussions with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to put in place modalities for ensuring that all Uganda citizens in the Diaspora are registered and issued with national identity cards.A national identity card is a right and Government of Uganda will incrementally take steps to identify and register her people abroad.MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRSKAMPALA

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