Plans for Ugandans to register for the hybrid national identity cards are underway as the old ones are on the way to expiry since they have a life span of 10 years and will expire in 2024.
While addressing the journalist at the media center in Kampala, the Minister of Internal Affairs Maj. Gen. Kahinda Otafiire revealed that since the country is transforming into new technology, the old national identity card may not ensemble the demands of new technology.
He said that new national IDs will indicate multiple features such as artificial intelligence which means computer-aided identification of persons, and Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) among other variables.
“We are looking forward to migrating from the current national ID to a new upgraded and more user-friendly. This will also capture the new changes in technology and improve the quality of the IDs,” Otafiire said.
The Minister added that the NIN on the old ID will remain untouched only the variables will be improved.
According to the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), the registration process for the new national identity cards is expected to start in June next year at a free cost unless one opts for express and then is required to pay Ugx 50,000.
“As the country enters a higher level of technology, it’s paramount that every Ugandan embraces the process to acquire the technologically upgraded National ID since it is now the prerequisite for registration of Sim cards, clearing travel documents, opening bank accounts, voting, registration for the National Social Security Fund, seeking for formal jobs, accessing loans from financial institutions among others,” a statement from NIRA read.
Maj. Gen. Otafiire also debunked social media claims which indicated that Cabinet had resolved to scrap the old national IDs.
“The cabinet has not passed any resolution to scrap the current National IDs, disregard such posts,” Otafiire said.
The ministry is seeking to make sure that every Ugandan is registered and given his identity and that every born child is registered and given a national identification number.
According to Ugandan law, any identity card applicant is required to provide a medical birth certificate, information about their biological parents, clans, families, and any ID that confirms their citizenship among others.