Sub county Chiefs and Gombolola Internal Security
Officers-GISOs in Mpigi district have been implicated for extorting money from
them to endorse their documents needed for the National Identity card
registration enrollment exercise.
Those implicated are the Sub county Chiefs
and Gombolola Internal Security Officers-GISOs of Kituntu, Muduuma and Nkozi Sub counties.
Residents claim that the GISOs demand for between Shillings 15000 and 20000 to verify
and recommend ID applicants. Sub county chiefs are also accused of
charging between Shillings 7000 to Shillings 20,000 to issue temporary birth
certificates to the applicants.
Kawuki, a resident of Kituntu Sub County, says since the exercise begun GISOs
have been openly demanding for money from applicants. “We reported the matter
to the concerned authorities including police and our leaders but nothing has
changed,” he said.
Sylvia Nakayiza, the Kituntu Sub County youth
representative, says that when she received complaints of extortion from
residents, she brought the matter to the attention of Mpigi District Internal
Security Officer but not action has been taken.
Godfrey Nalima, Kituntu Sub County LC V
councilor, says he reported the complaints of residents to the authorities and District
Security Committee, which convened a meeting and received overwhelming reports
from the public.
He however, says to his disappointment no
action has been taken. According to Nalima, the implicated officers have now
increased the charges from Shillings 15000 to 20,000.
//Cue in: “Meeting gye twalimu…
Cue out…ebanga ddene.”//
The Mpigi Resident District Commissioner,
Rosemary Byabasaija confirms receiving complaints implicating several GISOs and
NIRA officials in the district for the alleged extortion.
She explains that when the first reports came
in, the District Security Committee summoned all GISOs and cautioned them to
//Cue in: “We have been…
Cue out…cautioned them.”//
She notes that it seems the officers have failed to adhere to
the warning leaving them with no option but to reprimand them since their conduct
is frustrating a project of national importance.
//Cue in: “Actually I even…
Cue out…or recommended.”//
Peter Claver Mutuluza, the Mpigi LC V Chairperson notes that
before the second phase of the National Identity card enrollment exercise
begun, Sub counties were issuing temporary birth certificates to applicants at Shillings
He however, says this was suspended by the
district to allow ease the process.
“I was indeed surprised to learn that they
are still collecting money from people yet this was suspended. Many residents
have been reporting that they even pay much more than the initial Shillings
5000,” Mutuluza told URN.
The Mpigi District Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Jack
Byaruhanga, says the complaints have already reached his desk, adding that he
will soon crack a whip on the implicated sub county chiefs.