President launches use of Ugandan National ID as travel document in region

Saturday 13th December 2014
President launches use of Ugandan National ID as a travel document in the region

President Yoweri Museveni yesterday launched the use of the Uganda National Identity Card as travel document in member countries of the East African region instead of using passports as has hitherto been the case.

The launching ceremony took place yesterday at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi as the President concluded his visit to Kenya during which he attended the Northern Corridor Summit and the 51st independence anniversary celebrations of Kenya. Mr. Museveni used his Identity Card at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to travel back to Uganda from Kenya.

President Museveni’s launching of the ID in Kenya came after President Uhuru Kenyatta asked him to travel back to Uganda using the National Identity Card in order to demonstrate to Ugandans the importance of the National ID in the East African region.

The use of the National ID across the East African Region as a travel document is one of the many projects undertaken by the Northern Corridor Integration projects to ease the movement among the people of East Africa.

Kenya and Rwanda have been using their respective National Identity Cards as travel documents and Uganda has now joined after it undertook massive registration exercise of its Citizens nationwide this year. The distribution of the Uganda National ID was recently launched by President Museveni at Kololo in Kampala.

President Uhuru said he was happy because many Ugandans have started to use the National ID to travel to Kenya to undertake business transactions.

The launching of the Uganda National ID at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport was witnessed by Senator Muthai Kagwe, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Okello Oryem and Uganda’s High Commissioner to Kenya, Ms Angelina Wapakhabulo, among others.

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