Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, has warned Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, to stop fooling himself as well as public over national identity cards.
Yesterday, Lukwago posted pictures of two identity cards claiming to have been given “a dual citizenship” by the minister of Internal Affairs, Gen Aronda Nyakairima, who is in charge of the identity cards project.
“It’s a unique country with unique systems, otherwise I doubt that the soon-to-be baptised ”Independent Electoral Commission” and/ or the yet-to-be retired UPDF General Nyakairima would give any valid reason(s) as to why I was issued with TWO National Identity Cards, with the same biometric data but different serial numbers, different expiry dates etc,” Lukwago stated.
He added: “I also wonder whether my ”votability” (I guess they meant Eligibility) has also doubled?”
To the contrary, Opondo says Lukwago signed for the pilot ID on Tuesday, 13, December 2011 at parliament alongside other VIPs.
“I don’t know how pilot IDs have been returned but there are press adverts invalidating them at start of 2014 exist,” Opondo explains.
“Lukwago should stop fooling himself with ID card issued to VIPs as pilot project in 2011.”
He said VIPs including President Yoweri Museveni were asked to return pilot IDs but Lukwago didn’t.
“Let the media go to Erias Lukwago polling station to check his details,” he suggested.
Quoting an American proverb “we’ve gotta the donkey by its ears”, Opondo accused Lukwago of thinking “he could use this stunt to discredit National ID” but failed.
Uganda undertook a massive registration exercise to ensure every citizen obtains a national identity card back in 2014.
The national identification cards, according to President Yoweri Museveni, would be digitised and to bear the holders’ photo, names, biometric details including fingerprints for proper identification.
The cards would also reduce fraud in the banking sector as well as electoral
Apart from being used for identification in Uganda the cards will also facilitate easy movement of Ugandans in east African countries.