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Hoima NIRA Officials Accused of Extortion

The most affected sub-counties are Kigorobya, Buseruka, Bujumbura division, Kyangwali, and Kabwoya among others where residents are asked to pay between 10,000 to 30,000 shillings to have them registered.
Residents of Bujumbura Division gather at the Division Headquarters to be registered to acquire National Identification Cards.

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National Identification Authority (NIRA) officials in Hoima have been accused of extortion.

The most affected sub-counties are Kigorobya, Buseruka, Bujumbura division, Kyangwali, and Kabwoya. Residents are asked to pay between 10,000 to 30,000 shillings to be registered for National IDs.

Alex Irumba, a resident of Katasiiha Cell in Bujumbura division Hoima Municipality was asked by to pay 30,000 shillings to have him registered in the system.

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Godfrey Wamani another resident says government should immediately intervene. He wonders why a free government initiative has now turned into a money venture yet those conducting the exercise are being paid using tax payer's money.

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Denis Okaba a resident of Kigorobya says he was denied the registration forms after he failed to pay 20,000 shillings. To date, he has never been allowed to register.

Julius Byaruhanga, a resident of Kyangwali says he was forced to pay 50,000 shillings to pick his National Identity card from Hoima Electoral commission offices in January this year.

He says government should investigate such anomalies adding that many people could miss out in the on-going mass registration exercise.

Vincent Kihumuro, a resident of Kabwoya wonders why government officials including the security organs have kept a deaf on the actions of the enrollment officers.

Herbert Katende, the Hoima District Information Technology officer says his office has received similar reports but no one has come out with sufficient evidence to pin the officials.

He too explains that there are unscrupulous individuals impersonating as NIRA officials in the district extorting money from members of the public.

According to Katende, all NIRA services including first-time registration for National Identification cards, all registration forms, letters of recommendation from LC1 chairpersons and Endorsement by District internal security officers are free of charge.

He says Services that cost money include 50,000 shillings for replacement of lost, defaced and damaged National Identification cards, correction of errors, application for birth and death certificates which is also at 50,000 shillings and 1,000 shillings for information letters.

All fees in respect to NIRA services are supposed to be paid to Uganda Revenue Authority through designated commercial banks only.

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