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Complaints Of Extortion Mar ID Registration In Kibaale

Kibaale district has suspended the issuing of birth certificates to citizens in the ongoing National Identity card registration exercise. Samuel Kisembo Araali, the Kibaale Resident District Commissioner, said that the district chief administration office and other officials heading the registration exercise suspended the issuing of birth certificates because local leaders have been using them to get a lot of money from residents.
Kibaale district has suspended the issuing of birth certificates to citizens in the ongoing National Identity card registration exercise.

 

While addressing the media at his offices on Thursday, Samuel Kisembo Araali, the Kibaale Resident District Commissioner, said that the district chief administration office and other officials heading the registration exercise suspended the issuing of birth certificates because local leaders have been using them to get a lot of money from residents.

 

Kisembo says that some sub county chiefs have been asking for up to 50,000 shillings from residents in order to give them the certificates. He adds that birth certificates are supposed to be given to the right people noting that one can register even without a birth certificate.

 

The RDC further revealed that the registration exercise officials are ideally mandated to help people in filling the forms than giving them to village chairpersons. He notes that they are paid to help people fill forms.

 

He warns the registration officials and local leaders against extorting money from residents seeking registration. He has provided his mobile telephone number for easy reporting of irregularities in the exercise.

 

Meanwhile, Illiterate residents in Karangala village, Kibiijo Parish in Nkooko sub county Kibaale district have complained that they are being asked to pay money  by people claiming to be translators. Since the registration forms are in English language, illiterate people can hardly fill them something which has made them vulnerable to unscrupulous tricks of local leaders and few individuals who can read and write.

 

Godfrey Niwagaba, a local resident of Karangala, says that the aid to the village chairperson identified as Warren Bahati charged him 5000 shillings to fill his form. He wonders why the man is charging them money and yet he is working on behalf of village chairperson Omuhereza Rwandeme.

 

Godad Muguru, another resident says he was forced to pay 5,000 to Bahati to fill the form. He adds that three of his friends were charged more than 15,000 shillings.

Paul Charles Sango, the Nkooko ID Project supervisor, maintains that as officials, they are not charging people money for the forms. He warns that residents should report such people to authorities.

 

The registration exercise for the National IDs started on 14th April and is expected to last four months.

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