The Ugandan agency in charge of issuing national identity cards on Monday cancelled more than 7,680 fraudulent applications by foreigners posing as Ugandans.
Simon Mundeyi, the spokesperson for Uganda’s internal affairs ministry, last week said that there had been a rise in foreigners, mainly from Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia, Ethiopia and even India and China, deceitfully seeking ID cards for use in obtaining Ugandan passports.
It comes a week after Uganda’s citizenship and immigration control agency, DCIC, announced that it had confiscated 10,000 IDs that had been fraudulently acquired by foreigners.
“We have seen a big number of foreigners trying to acquire Ugandan passports. Some of them want to come here to use fraudulent means to acquire our passports, which are much sought after the world over since they went digital,” said Mr Mundeyi in a media briefing last week.
Earlier this month, Ugandan authorities arrested two Nigerians and a Congolese national for illegally attempting to obtain Ugandan passports.