National ID Project Stalls – Again
The National ID project is again going to be delayed due to lack of fund to finance the project.
According to the Ministry of Internal Affiars, they asked for money to finance the project but they were given just a potion of the money for the next financial year.
The internal affairs minister, Hillary Onek said they had originally asked for sh87b to finanace the project but received only sh25b for the financial year beginning at the end of the month. “We are all concerned about the IDs. We have written to the ministry of finance pleading. We have put pressure for additional funds but maybe the resource envelope is small. We shall try to work within what was given and try a phased approach,” Onek said.
The Electoral Commission has expressed concerns about the effect of delay of the implementation of the Project on the commission’s continuous by-elections and general elections of 2016.
The delay of the project is harmful to the commission’s constitutional mandate of continuous update of the voters register and according to a source, the EC was spending a lot of money on contracting Muehlbauer to update its voters’ register because the government has not provided funds to train Ugandans to manage the equipment supplied by Muehlbauer.
The government has paid Muehlbauer 51m (163b) Euros and owes them 13m Euros (sh42b).
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