Uganda/May 21, 2019/ Frank Ikpefan, Abuja /No Comment/169 views /Uganda COSASE Grills NIRA Officials Over Corrupt Staff, Delayed Registration Exerciseshare on:FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Shares The Parliamentary committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) has Tuesday grilled officials from the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) over the slow registration of persons seeking National Identification cards. Officials from NIRA led by the Executive Director, Judy Obitre Gama had appeared before the committee chaired by Busiro East MP, Medard Ssegona to respond to several audit queries that were raised in the Auditor General’s report for the Financial Year 2017/18. The legislators accused the officials of running the project with few staff keeps keep Ugandans in long queues to be registered for the National Identity Cards. “Your performance on ground is so lacking, there has been a lot of concern that at every registration centre, the numbers on the daily basis are so disturbing. In other words, you are very thin on ground,” Ssegona said. ALSO READ Stanbic Market Index: Strengthening Demand Leads to Further Rise in Business ActivitySsegona noted that the delay in the process has created room for NIRA staff to engage in corruption given the fact that they are poorly remunerated. “The delay is coupled with complaints of your staff soliciting money from people for registration. This explains why the registration is slow; this committee intends to go and examine the results in different places in this country,” Ssegona added. The MPs accused the officials of not doing much to fight the vice of bribery among NIRA staff who have time and again been caught taking bribes from people who seek to be registered for national identity cards. ALSO READ Top Radio Hires Joan Lule, Top Media Personalities to Expand Listenership“It is so sad that whenever one goes to pick their card, they are required to pay some money, this is so rampant in upcountry areas,” said Bunyole West MP, James Waluswaka. In response, NIRA ED said that “We have received complaints but many times the complaints come with no evidence and when you request for additional information, the complainants pull back”. This explanation was not well received by the committee chair who asked whether NIRA has taken time to carryundergroundround investigations so as to gather more evidence once tipped off by complainants. “Have you taken some steps to employ some level of intelligence in those areas to clamp the vice? These complaints are coming from various parts of the country, we receive the complaints just like you receive them but you continue asking people for evidence, do you want them to produce pictorial evidence,” Ssegona asked. ALSO READ CNN Names Bwindi Among Top 23 Places with Best Hiking ExperienceIn response, Gama noted that “We have CID officers attached to NIRA legal department, we have made arrests, we are doing investigations and we have successful prosecutions.” The committee is continuing to investigate and handle complaints raised against NIRA and has resolved to make field visits to registrations centres in the country before they report to the entire Parliament. Post Views: 155 Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Shares Leave A Comment Below Related Tags:Uganda share on: FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel previous articleEthiopia: New Lawsuits Filed Against Boeing in Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Fatal 737-8 Max Crashnext articleLa Liga: Alaves Appoints New CoachRelated PostsUganda/June 16, 2019 /No Comment SAD: Tamale Mirundi’s Daughter Dies While Giving BirthUganda/June 15, 2019 /No Comment Police, CMI Arrest “Notorious Criminals” Behind Recent Robberies and MurdersWHO, Irish Embassy Donate Vehicles to Uganda to Support Fight Against Ebola‘Our Father was Born in Bundibugyo’ Kibanzanga Justifies Move to Bury Mother Away from KaseseGender Ministry Drafts Law to Enhance Protection of Older Persons‘We Shouldn’t Be Dragged into Logistical Mistakes’ – URA Gives Account of BOU Consignment ClearanceUPDF Bids Farewell to Egypt’s Defence Attaché to UgandaNo Money was Illegally Ferried into Uganda, Says GovtMuseveni Supports Late Nsibambi’s Choice of Heiress as LegitimateNakalema Confirms Investigating BOU Officials at Mutebile’s Request Leave a Response Cancel reply CommentName Email Sign me up for the newsletter! Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.