EXPIRED ID IS MANDATORY TO GET NEW ID, NIRA SAYS AHEAD OF MASS RENEWAL PROCESS

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The Uganda National Identification Registration Authority (NIRA) has notified all citizens that the presentation of expired national IDs will be mandatory during the renewal process, which is set to begin later this year.

According to officials, the government plans to conduct another mass enrollment in which all citizens who have never registered will be registered and those with expired national identification cards will have their cards renewed.

This comes after a large number of citizens’ identification cards will expire from this year to next year.

During a press conference, Osborne Mushabe, the registration authority’s spokesperson, stated that one of the proposals under consideration is for people to bring their old national IDs in order to access the new ones with new features.

In case that proposal goes through, this implies that every citizen will have to present their identification cards they acquired earlier.

Meanwhile, the government has reiterated its earlier warning to Ugandans who have continued to obtain loans by mortgaging their national IDs that it is illegal, citing Section 69 of the Registration of Persons Act, which states that the national ID remains the property of the government regardless of how much the details are yours.

Further, all citizens who lost their cards have been advised to report to police and proceed with the right procedure to renew because renewal will end as soon as the mass enrollment starts.

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