I have not registered, because my traditional elders are still studying the motive behind this exercise to brief me. First of all, I believe that this registration shouldn’t have deadlines. It should be done by Passport and Immigration Office non-stop.
Secondly,citizenship by ‘decent’ is not on the registration form! When you look at the form, Part A 4, under citizenship type there are: 1. By Birth, 2. By Registration, 3. By Naturalization and 4. Dual Citizenship. I think citizenship by Descent means an inherited citizenship status as a descendant of the forefathers of this land, which is already clearly defined in the constitution, that is the only supreme document in this country. A mere form designed for registration process can not override the Supremacy of the Constitution. I questioned those registering about the nature of my citizenship. They told me that all Ugandans are being registered as Citizens by birth! I thought that category belongs to persons who were simply born in Uganda but came from somewhere else. Some one should explain this anomaly for me, please.
Anyway, what does our constitution say about all this:
Article 17(1) para (h) of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, of course not Explicitly stating ID registration provides thus: ” It is the duty of every citizen of Uganda – to register for electoral and other lawful purposes;” I submit that the National ID registration is a lawful purpose but I haven’t just taken part because i suspect bad motives such as corruption.
Paragraph (d) ibid states also that ” its the duty of every citizen of Uganda – to protect and preserve public property , (I) to combat corruption and misuse or wastage of public property;
Article 9 – on the Citizenship of Uganda, states that, “Every person who, on the commencement of this Constitution, is a citizen of Uganda shall continue to be such a citizen.”
Article 10. Citizenship by birth. The following persons shall be citizens of Uganda by birth
(a) every person born in Uganda one of whose parents or grandparents is or was a member of any of the indigenous communities existing and residing within the borders of Uganda as at the first day of February, 1926, and set out in the Third Schedule to this Constitution; and
(b) every person born in or outside Uganda one of whose parents or grandparents was at the time of birth of that person a citizen of Uganda by birth.
Then (2) The following persons shall, upon application, be registered as citizens of Uganda
– every person married to a Uganda citizen upon proof of a legal and subsisting marriage of three years or such other period prescribed by Parliament;
– every person who has legally and voluntarily migrated to and has been living in Uganda for at least ten years or such other period prescribed by Parliament;
– every person who, on the commencement of this Constitution, has lived in Uganda for at least twenty years.
This whole thing of registration is bogus – for instance why are Ugandans below 18 years not being registered, are they not Ugandans? How can registration of citizens have deadlines? What service does GOU provides to its citizens in the first place? Honestly, How many ID’s do we need to identify ourselves? I have 7 valid ID’s and a passport totaling to 8 and all these are used to identify me. How many really!? simply put, some of us have refused to register. So what will you do?