The government under works and transport ministry has unveiled indigenous Uganda Security Printing Company (USPC) an indigenous as the new company to issue driving permits in Uganda replacing foreign Face Technologies whose contract recently expired.
Bageya Waiswa, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary told reports on Tuesday that the new company will commence her works with immediate effect.
USPC will be responsible for performing among other tasks; pre-inspection of the hardware, data migration from the Uganda Computerised Driving Permit, testing of the new software, card testing at an accredited ISO laboratory, gazette the new driving licence, recruit staff, train and sensitize people and decommissioning process with Face Technologies for all the driving licence stations.
Bageya noted that by December 1, all applicants for computerized permits will be attended to at the new premises by USPC.
Gov’t in May extended the the dates for Face Technologies to handover the printing of driving permits after its first contract expired.
Government later took over the printing of driving permits under ministry of works and transport until USPC in patnership with Veridos, a Germany company, was engaged by government to start the production of permits.
Although Face Tech contract has expired, its staff has been retained by USPC & Veridos to render human resource to USPC.
Veridos is reknown for production of government’s security documents and is now printing electronic passports.
Mid this year, opposition political parties raised alarms against the firm 2016 government of Uganda partnered printing company after information leaked that President Museveni had secretly contracted it (Veridos) to print electoral ballot papers.