Fort Portal Councillors Grill NIRA Official over Delayed Issuance of IDs

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Mary Rwakyaka Kenyana, the South Division Councillor, explained that after registering for her ID in 2014, she was shocked when it was brought back with her surname missing. She noted that despite going to court to solve the issue, it has up to date remained unresolved.

Fort Portal Municipal Councillors have grilled the National Identification Registration Authority - NIRA liaison officer over delays to issuance or replace lost national identity cards. 

During a meeting on Friday at the Orukurato hall in Mucwa, the councillors informed Lt. Collins Otim that several residents in the municipality are yet to receive IDs, which they applied for two years ago.

Mary Rwakyaka Kenyana, the South Division Councillor, explained that after registering for an identity card in 2014, she was shocked when it was brought back with her surname missing. She noted that despite going to court to solve the issue, it has up to date remained unresolved.

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Eunice Habomugisha, the Rwengoma ward Councillor argued that residents in the area have struggled to get their IDs. She says that those who need ID replacements are instead turned away and referred to the NIRA head offices at Kololo Independence Grounds.
 
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However, Otim said that NIRA will soon open up regional offices so that people are saved the time and resources spent traveling to Kololo. 

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Christopher Tusiime
Christopher Tusiime is the URN Bureau Chief in Tooro. Districts of Kyenjojo, Kamwenge, Kabarole, Ntoroko, Bunyangabu and Kyegegwa, Kitagwenda and Fort Portal Tourism City fall under his docket.

Before joining URN, Tusiime first worked at The Observer newspaper for close to four years as an education reporter.