The Ugandan government has launched the first batch of the newly introduced e-passports as MPs raise serious concern.

Ministry of internal affairs on Tuesday received more than 24,000 ordinary e-passports from Uganda Security Printing Company.

Concern and suspending implementation of e-passports

Members of Parliament have raised concern about the legal framework involved in the issuance the e-passports.

State Minister for Internal Affairs Obiga Kania was quizzed when he sought the August House's approval to implement the e-passport.

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The House unanimously agreed to reject the proposal for now raising serious concerns.

MP Lyandro Komakech: "I don't think there is a legal framework that binds all the East African countries to become one state. If we proceed with this move, we are doing a very unconstitutional process."

Uganda is expected to phase out the current passports by 2021 in fulfilment of the deadline agreed by the six East African countries.

Minister of Internal Affairs Jeje Odongo said the new e-passports have advanced security features.