LC Official Arrested For 'Selling' ID Registration Forms To Kenyans

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A local council One official in Namayingo district is in police custody for allegedly getting money from Kenyan nationals with promises of helping them register for national Identity Cards.

A local council One official in Namayingo district is in police custody for allegedly getting money from Kenyan nationals with promises of helping them register for national Identity Cards.
 
Issa Wafula, the LC One chairperson for Bukechi village, Bungecha parish in Buswale Sub County was picked up on Friday after one of the victims, Peter Omolo, complained.
 
Omolo, a Kenyan peasant farmer purchased forms at shillings 90,000 for the mass enrollment exercise with hope he would acquire a national identity card. However, one month later he realized he had been simply conned and quickly alerted police and relevant authorities who hurriedly rushed in to arrest the seller Issa Wafula.
 
Omolo who has spent three months residing at Bukechi village claims he wanted to secure a Ugandan national identity card since there are good medical services.
 
He said Wafula had promised him that he would be registered to receive the national identity card within a period of one week.
 
Namayingo Resident District Commissioner Samuel Mpimbaza Hashaka said the suspect is reported to have sold the mass enrollment exercise forms to over 200 Kenyan nationals. Hashaka said the act is illegal since the same people could turn out to be a security threat to the country.
 
Wafula had reportedly been charging between 30,000 and 90,000 shillings for the mass enrollment forms.
 
The LC official however denies selling the forms to the Kenyan nationals. He says the Kenyan nationals only gave him some token of appreciation whenever they would come in to pick the mass enrollment forms.
 
The Namayingo district police commander Benson Kiconco said the accused will soon be charged before in court after investigations into the matter are completed.
 
He said more Kenyan nationals were still taking statements accusing Wafula of having sold the mass enrollment forms to them in order to be registered to receive the national identity card.