Govt Set to Issue National Identity Cards to Prison Inmates

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Government is set to roll out a massive registration and issuance of National Identification cards to prison inmates across the country. This has been revealed by the Minister of State for Internal Affairs, Mario Obiga Kania while interfacing with legislators on Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Internal Affairs chaired by the Amorator Woman MP, Doreen Amure.

Obiga’s submission came after Members of Parliament on the committee asked him to clarify on whether they had plans of registering inmates to have National Identity cards.

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In his response, the Minister informed the MPs that the law does not bar government from issuing IDs to prisoners, but added that the Ministry of Internal Affairs still awaits the National Information Registration Authority (NIRA) to finalize with a number of modalities before they roll out the exercise.

“This matter that has been raised before in this committee as well as the committee on human rights. There is no law that bars people in prison frogetting identity cards. They are Ugandans and are treated as Ugandans except that their location is in a particular place,” Obiga said.

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The Minister said that there are still other categories of Ugandans that NIRA is yet to issue IDs and relevant arrangements are being done.

“At the appropriate time, modalities will be discussed with the prison authorities since there are regulations to do with the entry and exist and identification of people within prisons”.

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Additionally, the Commissioner of Prisons, Johnson Byabashaija said that the issuance of national IDs to inmates is high on the agenda and will be done as soon as possible.

“The prisons is one of the categories to be handled by NIRA as well as those in the diaspora. one of our members is part of the NIRA steering committee and we shall be the next category,” Byabashaija said.

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