The Internal Affairs Minister General Aronda Nyakairima has said he was not aware that 1800 Sango Bay residents had missed out on the national Identity Card registration last year. He has asked Rakai district authorities to ensure they are registered.
He has asked Rakai district authorities to ensure they are registered.
The 1800 residents are from Sango Bay parish in Kakuuto County
At least 1800 residents in this parish were excluded from the exercise due to the presence of a resettlement camp that accommodates more than 5000 refugees.
Nyakairima says that he was not aware that residents in Sango bay parish had been excluded from the exercise.
Nyakairima has described their exclusion as an error since all Ugandans are entitled to receive the national IDs after registration. He says the exercise was only supposed to exclude the people in the refugee camp.
He says the exercise was supposed to involve District Technical Officers, District Registrars and other officials who know the communities. They were supposed to work closely with the Office of the Prime Minister to ensure successful registration of the people in Sango Bay parish.
The national ID exercise started April 14, 2014. However, several Rakai district leaders expressed concern that some refugees might try to register for Ugandan national IDs.
The district leaders concerns spurred Sango Bay parish residents to complain of marginalisation.
Peter Mweruka, the Kabonera LCI Chairperson in Sango bay parish, says many residents have often been arrested and harassed by security agents who mistake them for refugees or illegal immigrants due to lack of identification papers.
Steven Ssebunya, the Kakuuto LCIII Chairman, confirmed that at least 95 percent of the residents in communities outside the refugee camp have not been registered for the IDs.
Mathius Kasamba, the Kakuuto County MP, says that although the National Id project registered 86.5% (15,576,000) of the targeted population, Sango bay parish was left out.
He further adds that he learnt of the concerns adding that he will work closely with the concerned authorities to resolve the matter.
Presently, registered Ugandan citizens in Kampala are already receiving their national IDs. The issuance of the IDs started on December 3, 2014.
Sango bay resettlement camp alone has a population of more than 500,000 refugees which quadruples the number of Ugandan nationals in the whole parish.
Nyakairima urged residents in the affected parish to remain calm saying the registration exercise will continue until February 27, 2015.
"This will provide an opportunity for those who missed the registration exercise but the issuance of the ready ids in other districts will be carried out progressively over the next nine months." He explained.