Mbarara Locals ‘Tired of Paying to Get National IDs’

People lining up for their IDs at NIRA offices in Booma Mbarara

Mbarara residents yesterday spoke out angrily about officials of the National Identification and Registration Authority, buy more about who they say have been charging them money to process their national Identity cards.

These claim at the NIRA offices in Mbarara, they have been charged money before being handed their IDs.

Ozias Nuwaha, a student at Nganwa H/S and Paul Matovu a security guard from Masaka told us they were charged Shs. 1,2500 and yet they hadn’t received their cards yet.

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“I travelled all the way from Masaka to get my card; I paid their money and I still don’t have it,” ranted Matovu.

In response however, the NIRA officer at the Mbarara Branch Dan Ataho Kyamuzigyita condemned the officials in this practice, stressing that national IDs are free of charge.

The numbers at the NIRA offices have been growing as the May 19th deadline for sim card registration closes in; with people rushing to obtain their cards.

NIRA will soon roll out registration for children aged 5-16 years who will be issued with their own National Ids. Mr Ataho cautioned parents that this exercise too is free of charge and advised those that will be approached by anyone for mney to report them immediately.

He said a number of such corrupt officials have already been fired and replaced



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