The Ministry of Internal Affairs is working jointly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure that Ugandans abroad can be able to access important services. The latest news is that Ugandans in South Africa will not need to fly all the way home to get passports and National IDs.
Originally Ugandans have had to travel back home to apply for and receive the documents, as obtaining the newly introduced East African passport requires one to have a National ID, only issued in Uganda.
“In collaboration with the National Identification and Registration Authority, we brought ID registration services nearer to you. However, we are dismayed by some of you who are bent on de-campaigning this noble cause,” said Hon. Barbara Nekesa, Uganda’s High Commissioner to South Africa.
Hon. Nekesa was speaking on the occasion to mark Uganda’s 57th independence anniversary held at the Uganda High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa on 9th October 2019.
Nekesa said “As a Mission, we elected to ignore them [persons de-campaigning the process], for it is them who will suffer the consequences of not having legal ID. There are many other areas where we can work together to solve whatever problems we may have,” adding that “Those who have approached us can testify that we are always available to render service to whoever walks into the Mission irrespective of colour, faith, tribe, political affiliation.”
Officials said that NIRA, the agency charged with issuance of the IDs, had agreed that Ugandans in South Africa would fill the required forms through the embassy, which information would be transferred to Kampala for the printing of IDs.
The officials said they had also resolved the issue of the requirement for LC1 and DISO signatures, as association chairpersons and embassy officials would help confirm one’s citizenship.