Some residents get ashamed when they go to seek introduction letters from the authorities claiming that their IDs got lost, only to find the IDs with the very authorities to whom the beer sellers handed them over after failing to get paid
Local residents of Tenge parish in Geregere Sub
County, Agago district have been accused of bartering their
national identity cards in exchange for crude alcohol.
The Olube Central village LCI Chairperson
Vincent Too-Obineka tell URN of a growing wave of complaints being raised against
residents particularly men that have resorted to bartering their national
identity cards for crude local potent waragi.
According to Too-Obineka, recently some bar
owners petitioned his office while presenting a consignment of IDs seeking his
interventions to recover their dues from debtors who reportedly barter their identification
documents in exchange for alcohol.
He says some of those implicated for getting booze using their IDs have themselves been shamefully exposed when they seek recommendation letters in lieu of their identity cards which they claim got lost, only to find that their vital documents are
with the authorities to whom they were handed over by beer sellers.
condemned the act, cautioning residents to desist from exhibiting such
tendencies saying once lost, the process of replacement for an identity card is
not only tedious but also expensive and deprives one access to enormous
Martin Odoch, the Geregere Sub County Chairperson, castigated this
booming trade saying he will implore council to pass a bylaw to
curb the vice and warns residents to desist from the rampant consumption of
explains that most
domestic violence cases and some deaths in the sub county are caused by rampant consumption of alcohol.
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official of the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) Agago
branch who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity condemns the conduct saying
the possession a national identity card by another person except the owner is
illegal and criminal.
source notes that it is important for members of the public to cherish keeping
their national IDs since the document doesn’t only help citizens for identification
purposes but is vital in access to social services.