ID registration: Acholi Leaders Seek Explanation on Spelling Errors

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He says there is no ethnic group in Uganda known as Bacholi adding that, the internal affairs ministry and electoral commission should have consulted the natives for the correct name of their ethnic group.

Acholi leaders in Gulu are up arms against the Internal Affairs ministry and Electoral Commission for misspelling the name of their ethnic group on the national identity card enrollment forms. The word Acholi appears as Bacholi on the enrollment forms, which has enraged Acholi leaders and residents of Gulu district. Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the Gulu LC V chairperson says referring to Acholis as Bacholi is a big insult to their ethnic group.

He says there is no ethnic group in Uganda known as Bacholi adding that, the internal affairs ministry and electoral commission should have consulted the natives for the correct name of their ethnic group. Mapenduzi says they discussed the matter with other leaders and forwarded a resolution to both the Electoral Commission and Internal Affairs ministry for action. He threatens to drag EC and Internal Affairs Ministry to court should they fail to rectify the anomaly.
 
Mathew Ojera, a resident of Gulu town says he turned away from the registration after realizing the mistake. He says he will not register until the name of their ethnic group is changed from Bacholi to Acholi. Ojera says that it is a very big shame that out of all the ethnic groupings in the country the government agencies could misspell the name of their tribe. David Butti Anyanzo, the Gulu Electoral Commission returning officer says he has registered numerous complaints about the error. Anyanzo says he has forwarded the matter to the head office for action.

The correct spelling of the ethnic group is Acoli despite the fact that it appears on most documents as Acholi with an H. The ongoing National ID registration which began in early April this year has been marred by a lot of challenges including inadequate supply of enrollment kits, unpaid allowances for enrollment officers and limited sensitization.