State House Anti-Corruption Unit boss Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema has Monday met with officials from National Identification and Registration Authority [NIRA].
Nakalema said this follows numerous complaints (allegations) of extortion by NIRA officials at the National ID registration points across the country.
She hosted their leadership team to share these complaints.
“We discussed ways to combat corruption at NIRA locations and we agreed that NIRA will increase awareness about the FREE registration services they offer so as to combat extortion and other related vices that impede the provision of this critical government service,” Nakalema said.
They also agreed to increase vigilance to quickly detect extortion and put in place punitive measures in the event of extortion.
“Many thanks to the NIRA management team for having made time to attend this meeting and the quick response is much appreciated.”
She added: “Thank you all for continuing to be vigilant and using the State House Anti-corruption Unit contact centre to report corruption incidences. Together we shall defeat the cancer of corruption in our beloved Nation, Uganda.”
According to government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, in Tororo, NIRA officials are said to be charging between Shs20,000 and Shs50,000 for a citizen to collect their ID.
“I reported this to MD Judith Obitre-Gama,” Opondo noted.
The National Identification and Registration Authority is a government-owned organisation in Uganda, mandated to register births and deaths in the country and to develop a National Identification Register for both citizens and legally resident non-citizens.