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Residents Accuse GISOs, Sub County Chiefs of Extortion

The Mpigi Resident District Commissioner, Rosemary Byabasaija confirms receiving complaints implicating several GISOs and NIRA officials in the district for the alleged extortion.

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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.

Isaac 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.

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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 stop.

 

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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.   

 

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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 5000.

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.         

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