The Commissioner of Citizenship and Passport Johnson Namanya on Tuesday said that they are planning to equip the regional offices in Mbale, Mbarara and Gulu districts to be able to take applicants’ biodata including photos.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs has revealed plans to start
processing E-passports at its regional centres.
The Commissioner of Citizenship and Passport Johnson Namanya on Tuesday
said that they are planning to equip the regional offices in Mbale, Mbarara and
Gulu districts in March and be able to take applicants’ bio-data including photos.
Currently, online applicants processing for a passport can only complete the
application process at Ministry headquarters in Kampala.
Namanya says they have been receiving more than 1000 applicants daily
for the E-passports .
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In December 2019, government launched an online platform through which one can
apply for a passport or its renewal.
The online application is quicker since an applicant doesn’t need to get
recommendation from local leaders as it were initially. The system is
integrated with National Identity Registration Authority-NIRA and National
Identity Technology Authority- NITA-U.
Since the launch of the E-passport, over 83,000 passports have been issued to
Namanya says the ministry intends to remain strict on schedule as
they work out measures to decongest their premises and offer better services.
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State Minister for Internal Affairs Obiga Kania says the online
platform has so far been successful and registered a larger number of
applicants for passports.
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Government will also extend the E-passport services to missions abroad for
Ugandans who need for instance to renew passports. The services will be rolled
out in May in London in the UK, Washington in USA, Pretoria in South Africa
Copenhagen in Denmark, Abu Dhabi in UAE and Ottawa in Canada.