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Uganda President Museveni's Speech on National Identity Cards April 2014

Uganda President Museveni's Speech on National Identity Cards April 2014

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Address by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
President of the Republic of Uganda
On “Mass Enrolment Exercise for digitized identity cards” to the Nation
at State House - Nakasero
13th February 2014
Address by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
President of the Republic of Uganda
On “Mass Enrolment Exercise for digitized identity cards” to the Nation
at State House - Nakasero
13th February 2014

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Address by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni President of the Republic of Uganda On
“Mass Enrolment Exercise for digitized identity cards” 
 to the Nation at State House - Nakasero 13 
th 
 February 2014
 
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Country men and country women, I greet you. On this occasion, I am here to address you on the question of the importance of each one of us having a digitized identity card, meaning a computerized and computer read, identity card. This is very different from the usual identity cards issued by a mult
iplicity of authorities ─ schools,
employers, government departments or even those issued by the department of immigration. The digitized identity cards are superior and un-comparable for the following reasons: 1. A digitized identity card is impossible to forge. Why?
 This is because a person’s picture, names, biometric
details (how tall, etc) and fingerprints are stored in the
computer’s central memory. If one, for instance, puts a picture of a person on top of another person’s
identity card, the computer would reject that card.
 
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2. All identity cards and the details of the individuals are centrally stored in the central computers while with the usual cards we have been using hitherto, there was no such central memory or records. 3. These cards are properly sealed against water, rain, etc. 4. Later on, these cards can be life savers as they can be
made to contain the individuals’ blood groups
or that data can be put in the central computers so that, in case of accident, the doctors would be assisted to know what type of blood they need to give the patient without much ado.  Therefore, a digitized identity card is very reliable while the other types are not reliable. It is from that reliability of the identity card which is digitized that we get the following benefits: (i) Saving lives because o
f, the record of an individual’s
blood group in the central computer so that even if he gets an accident and is not able to talk, those who rescue him or her will only need to put their hand in

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