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Kabale NIRA Official Coughs UGX 3.65M Extorted Money

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Twasiima was arrested on April 25, 2019 on orders of Gad Rugaaju Ahimbisibwe, the Kabale Deputy Resident District Commissioner after 360 locals implicated him for charging them money before issuing them their national identity cards and registering fresh applicants or correct errors in their bio data.
15 May 2019 07:03
Gad Rugaaju Ahimbisibwe, the Kabale Deputy Resident District Commissioner handing over money back to the affected locals

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Simon Twasiima alias Kaboy, the National Identification and Regulation Authority-NIRA Information Technology Officer in-charge of Butanda Sub County in Kabale district has coughed Shillings 3.65 million that he allegedly extorted from residents.

 

Twasiima was arrested on April 25, 2019 on orders of Gad Rugaaju Ahimbisibwe, the Kabale Deputy Resident District Commissioner after 360 locals implicated him for charging them money before issuing them their national identity cards and registering fresh applicants or correct errors in their bio data.

 

Twasiima reportedly charged his victims between Shillings 7,500 and 100,000. Residents also accused him of demanding payment before issuing birth certificates. 

On Tuesday afternoon, the Deputy RDC met the affected locals at Butanda Sub county headquarters and informed them Twasiima had accepted his blunder and returned the money.

 

Rugaaju handed back the money to the affected residents, saying he couldn’t allow Twasiima to turn a free government program into a source of his private income.

He said the officer was released on police bond after paying back the money, adding that it is now up to NIRA and police to decide their next course of action since his intention was to ensure residents get a refund of their money.

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Lordah Kiconco, a resident of Nyamiryango village in Nyamiryango parish in Butanda sub county, said Twasiima charged her Shillings 8,000 as registration fees. 

Kiconco said she was happy that the RDC had managed to help get a refund of their money.  

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Yowasi Tibirinyeba and Christian Atuheire, both residents of Mutungwe village in Nyamiryango parish, said that they were also charged Shillings 8000 for registration. 

They say that the refund of their money after Rugaaju’s intervention is a great achievement.   

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Eric Kigunzu Tumwesigye, the Butanda Sub County LC V councilor, said the issues of the NIRA official should be an eye opener for everybody who works for government to abandon all corruption tendencies.

According to Kigunzu, many people stayed away for the National Identity card enrollment exercise because of Twasiima’s habit of extortion.    

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