Forward by the National Coordinator

Fellow countrymen, Government’s move to implement this phase of the National Security Information System (NSIS), which is designed to register all citizens and issue them with National Identity Cards is no doubt a big land mark in the realization of Vision 2040 which drives Uganda’s development. No doubt, delivering on this project is an important mission history has entrusted on us.

In this phase, the project is being implemented under a multi-sectoral approach, involving several MDAs: Uganda Bureau of Statistics, (UBOS), Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB), the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCIC), the Electoral Commission (EC), and National Information Technology-Uganda (NITA-U).

The Ministry of Internal Affairs is the lead agency in this project, while security agencies like the Uganda Police Force (UPF), the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Force (UPDF), Uganda Prisons Services (UPS) ISO and ESO, are providing supporting roles.  Various other MDAs are fully on board under a new method adopted by Government. This handbook has been simplified to show the basics on the intricate issues of Citizenship Verification. It also answers the basic Frequently Asked Questions.

The objectives of the Project are consistent with the country’s aspirations; to enhance people centred growth and development, to transform Uganda into a modern Country, and to have a more sustained secure and peaceful country. In the near future, we will also achieve a credible, accurate and accessible National Voters’ Register by integrating more technology in election management. As National Coordinator, I commend the decision by Government to harmonize all efforts related to citizen registration by various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) which has now harmonized human, financial, infrastructure and other resources used in the registration.

The centralization of data collection, acquisition, access, use and management is thus, a very timely strategy. This project has drawn total support and commitment from the people involved, and their efforts, especially-the agencies’ leadership are worth commending. It is an honor to steer an exercise that will change the destiny of Uganda and her future by  answering the question of citizen identification. We have carried out painstaking research to ensure effective implementation and continuity.

In the past, agencies led by the UPDF under the guidance of H.E The President collectively worked hard to create and sustain the peace Uganda enjoys today. Consolidation and sustainability of this peace effort requires that our citizens are identified. This there is thus, unmatched total commitment to work together as we address the identity crisis which, for a long time, has denied the country easy-to-access reliable and verifiable data. The National Identity Card links effectiveness of planning, to enhanced efficiency of service delivery. We will thus, answer the call by the wanaichi to actively participate in enhanced economic development, with our shared efforts to build a better Uganda we strive for.

The National Identity Card Project is the only unique intervention that will address this, especially given that Uganda is at a critical path of development and cannot afford to look back. Besides, the pursuance of the objectives of the Identity Card Project confirm our commitment to putting our country’s long term people centred development, sovereignty, security and Integration  above anything else. We should resolutely and dedicatedly participate in the exercise and safeguard our long term this interests by supporting this project for what it duly is.

By enrolling for the National Identity Card therefore, citizens are in turn collectively pursuing the strategic journey to implementing vision 2040, as we change the direction of our country and the future our children. It is very important that we finally know who we are, and where we are destined to be, backed in our efforts, by wanainchi participation in citizen registration. We call upon everyone to pursue their rights to education, employment, pension, banking services, etc.  by fulfilling a duty-bound obligation to enroll for the Identity Card/kitambulisho,  starting on April 14, 2014.

The future and destiny of Uganda will only be better.

God bless you, God bless Uganda

My Country, My Identity

Gen Aronda Nyakairima (cgsc,MP)  (RIP)

Minister of InternalAffairs/National Coordinator-National ID Project