General Aronda: 2854 Kenyan nationals in Namayingo Deleted from National ID Data Base

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At least 2854 Kenyan nationals in Dolwe and Sigulu sub counties in Namayingo district who enrolled for the national identity card have been deleted from the data base, General Aronda Nyakairima, the Internal Affairs minister has revealed. He disclosed this while meeting Resident District Commissioners from Busoga region at Mum resort hotel in Iganga town on Friday. Aronda said they had set up a citizen verification committee vet names of more than 10,000 Kenyans still believed to be on the national identity card data base.

He says the Kenyan applicants were reportedly ferried into Uganda by some politicians a few days to the National identity card enrollment exercise. He however, says during the verification exercise it was discovered that the applicants were non Ugandans. Nyakairima urges Ugandans living in the Diaspora and are back in the country to utilize the extension of the enrollment exercise to register. He says there will come a time when it will be difficult for people without the national identity card to get jobs in the country.

According to Nyakairima, more than 20 million people are expected to have registered during the national enrollment exercise. He hailed the leadership of Namayingo district for being exemplary saying the exercise had scored 95 percent enrollment. In response to Nyakairima’s revelation about the registration of non Ugandans, Samuel Mpimbaza Hashaka, the Namayingo Resident District Commissioner blamed local council one  officials especially in the islands  for failing to notify authorities about non Ugandans who turned up for registration.
Hashaka says some of the politicians ferried Kenyans nationals and helped them to register so that they can return and vote for them in the 2016 polls. But some of the politicians in Sigulu and Dolwe Island sub counties say the Kenyan nationals are entitled to the national identity card. Saleh Bachu, the interim LC 3 chairperson new Dolwe sub county says some of the affected Kenyans have stayed in Uganda for decades and are therefore entitled to getting the national identity cards.
Bachu says some politicians simply fear the large number of Kenyans registering would reduce their support in the 2016 elections. Majority of the Kenyans living on the Islands are of Luo origin. George Ambasa, the Sigulu sub county NRM chairperson says the program was introduced at a wrong time when people are more interested in politics. He says it would have been delayed and introduced after the 2016 polls. One of the Kenyan nationals whose name was deleted from the national identity card data base is Amos Obwora, who has lived in Uganda for the last four years.
Obwora says that he was shocked when he was informed by one of the parish security officers that he would not be recommended to acquire a national identity card because he doesn't qualify.