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Government to introduce new national ID fees

By. Melanie Aanyu

Aanyu Melanie | 95timefm

The government is seeking to introduce express fees for unregistered citizens who want to acquire National Identity Cards (IDs) and those renewing old ones in the imminent mass enrolment of unregistered citizens.
In an exercise estimated to cost Shs600b, the government has opened a window for express first time enrolment and renewal, where IDs will be processed in two days at a cost of Shs50,000. The proposal is, however, subject to Parliament’s approval.
The government has also hiked fees for replacement and change of ID particulars to Shs200,000, up from Shs50,000.
According to documents presented by Gen Otafiire before the Parliamentary Defence and Internal Affairs committee yesterday, IDs will be processed urgently.
The current IDs, issued in 2014, with a lifespan of 10 years, are due to expire, with the enrolment exercise for new IDs scheduled to run from June 2023 to August 2024.