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NIRA Office In Bududa Stuck With Over 4,000 Unclaimed National IDs

Martin Mutayi, a resident of Bundesi in Bududa district says that despite enrolling for the National ID he lacks time and transport to pick it since he comes from as far as Nametsi Parish. He says he walked 20km last time he wanted to pick his ID and arrived at the NIRA office around 5:30 pm when it was already closed.
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The National Identification and Registration Authority-NIRA office in Bududa district is stuck with more than 4,000 National Identity cards because of the failure by their owners to pick them. John Ssekanjako, the Bududa District NIRA Information, Communication, and Technology Officer, says that despite taking the National identity cards to sub-county headquarters, the owners have failed to show up.  

He says that most of the uncollected IDs are for students and Ugandans staying in Kenya. Ssekanjako says that some people haven’t realized the importance of National Identity cards and called upon local leaders to mobilize their voters to pick them.  

 

Martin Mutayi, a resident of Bundesi in Bududa district says that despite enrolling for the National ID he lacks time and transport to pick it since he comes from as far as Nametsi Parish. He says he walked 20km last time he wanted to pick his ID and arrived at the NIRA office around 5:30 pm when it was already closed.

He said the last time he had some time to pick it, he got the station was closed. Esau Nambale from Bushiyi said he would go for his ID when there is a need for it. A National ID is mandatory for those seeking to open bank accounts and register simcards among others.

Getting a national ID is free of charge. To replace a lost National ID costs Shillings 50,000 upon presenting a letter from the police. The mass registration for the National IDs started in 2014. IDs are valid for a period of ten years. Although they are currently being offered for free, Ugandans will pay for renewal in 2024.

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