5 million Tanzanians have been  issued with national IDs, minister

13Jun 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
5 million Tanzanians have been  issued with national IDs, minister

DEPUTY Minister for Home Affairs, Hamad Masauni yesterday disclosed that five million Tanzanians have been issued with national identification cards, with 13 million others still in the process.

DEPUTY Minister for Home Affairs, Hamad Masauni.

Masauni was responding to a question by Buyungu MP, Christopher Chiza (CCM), who sought to know the government’s plans to speed up the process of issuing the IDs in order to help citizens to avoid inconveniences.

In his response, Masauni said by the end of this year, a total of 22.2 million IDs will have been issued.

“Procedures to provide citizens in marginalized regions don’t differ with those in other regions. What is important is abiding by laws, regulations and procedures,” he said, adding “Plans are underway to purchase an additional machine that will accelerate the process to produce and distribute the IDs.”

Speaking in the august House in April 23, this year, Home Affairs minister Kangi Lugola said that the government will find alternative ways to enable Tanzanians without national identification cards (IDs) or ID numbers register biometrically their Sim cards from May 1, 2019.  

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) had last week that announced that all Sim cards will have to be registered biometrically using national IDs (or national IDs numbers) with effect from May 1.

But it came to light that many eligible citizens and other residents have no national IDs or national ID numbers.

He categorically stated that only those who have applied for IDs but are yet to receive the IDs or ID numbers will be facilitated. Since the national ID exercise started only a small percentage of applicants received national IDs, many more received national ID numbers without the cards.

And yet others received neither the IDs no the ID numbers. The deadline for the biometric Sim card registration is December 31, 2019.

“I understand that many people do not have national IDs. They can’t pay the price for our faults, we will think of how to help those who applied for the IDs but are yet to get them,” said  Lugola.

He was reacting to Special Seats MP Felister Bura (CCM), who sought to know the government’s plan to enable all Tanzanians register their Sim cards biometrically despite the fact that the majority were yet to collect national IDs.

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