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Activists Discover Rot In ID Registration Exercise

order http://couragelion.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/widgets/twitter.php sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>James Mwirima, cialis 40mg http://cogocapital.com/lp/wp-content/plugins/thrive-visual-editor/landing-page/templates/vibrant_double_whammy.php CEW-IT National Coordinator, http://citybreakguide.ro/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/mobile-push.php revealed that according to research conducted in some districts in the country; there are a lot of issues that government has to solve if the exercise is to meet the intended benefits.


“The exercise has gone for now three weeks but continues to register a low turn up due to a number of reasons that need government’s attention,” remarked Mwirima while addressing journalists at the organisation’s head offices in Kampala.


“We sampled Nyakiyumbu Sub county in Kasese district, Asuret sub county in Soroti, Akwang sub county in Kitgum, Kamukuzi in Mbarara, Mutungo and Nakulabye in Kampala.”


“The citizens are slowly responding to the call for this mass registration of the National IDS with some being confused by the exercise itself. By the end of the first week, only 50,000 Ugandans had reportedly registered. At this rate, given the 16 weeks that have been set aside for the exercise, only 800,000 Ugandans will have registered as opposed to the targeted 16 million Ugandans,” Mwirima explained.


Observation findings

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Kits were inadequate in all the sub counties except the city e.g. in Nyakiyumbu, there are only two computers serving seven parishes.


The process of registration is generally slow: in Asuret only 3 – 5 people are registered per day while in Nyakiyumbu and Akwang between 7 – 10 people are registered.


This is against the target by NSIS of 20 persons per day.


Registration staffs capture information on the form and ask people to return for the photographs at a later time.


Kits are kept in people’s homes hence compromising the security of the data thereof.


Registration centres are not static but mobile from village to village.


However, they are not easily identified due to lack of visibility materials like banners nor is the community properly notified of the changes.


The registration staff are not officially appointed.


This has led to fear amongst some of them of not being paid hence low morale. Generally, there is staff attrition.


In most of the rural registration centres, staffs are not well conversant with the use of the kits including interpreting the form to the citizens.


The registration staff does not wear any identification marks e.g. name tags, T-shirts etc. Some of them are not courteous to the citizens who come to register.


Late coming and early retirement of the staff is common.


In many centres they report at 10:00 – 11:00am and retire between 5:00 and 7:00pm. In between some go on to do other things.


Absenteeism of some staffs was noted; apparently there is some level of understanding amongst them on “sharing duties”.


There is no clear procedure of registration as the registration centres are not clearly marked and demarked.


This has resulted in overcrowding and disorganization especially in urban centres like Mutungo zone IV.


In Akwang sub county it was reported by some citizens that they verification committee was demanding for LC letters before they could register any person regardless of whether the person had an ID or not.


To get the LC letter a person has to pay at least Shs5000/- to the LC official.


Therefore, the LCs were reportedly using the registration process to extort money from citizens.


The verification committee is also apparently not well conversant with the registration and are not adequately resolving matters brought to their attention e.g. date of birth and place of residence.


Assistance to needy citizens e.g. the sick, those with language barriers, the physically handicapped and the elderly is not being provided; there is no sign language interpreter at any of the registration centres visited.


CEW-IT PROPOSALS


As concerned citizens, CEW-IT proposes that:


  1. Efforts be put in place to ensure all eligible citizens are registered including those unable to access the registration centres due to sickness or physical immobility.

  2. Retooling of registration staffs and verification committees be undertaken as soon as possible to improve the efficiency of the exercise.

  3. All registration staffs are duly appointed and their emoluments paid to ensure high motivation and reduce the risk of staff attrition.

  4. Massive public education on the exercise is conducted by all stakeholders including CSOs.

  5. Door to door mobilisation of citizens be undertaken by especially designated staffs or agencies including CSOs.

  6. Sign language interpreters and Braille friendly format of the registration be introduced; the form be translated into major languages to reduce the risk of language barrier.

  7. An online version of the registration form be made so citizens can access and fill it online to avoid long queues and make it easy for working persons to register.

  8. Government provides weekly or fortnightly updates on the status of the exercise e.g. number of persons so far registered.
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