Authority: No Regulations For Replacing National ID

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Colonel Stephen Kwiringira, head of operations at NIRA Olive Eyotaru

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Colonel Stephen Kwiringira, Head of Operations, National Identity Registration Authority NIRA told MPs on the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee today that until a bill stipulating guidelines on how replacements for IDs will be made, no replacements of IDs are ongoing.

Any person who has lost his or her national Identity card cannot have it replaced for now.

This is until the National Identity Registration Authority (NIRA) comes up with regulations to facilitate this process.

Colonel Stephen Kwiringira, Head of Operations, National Identity Registration Authority (NIRA) told MPs on the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee today that until a bill stipulating guidelines on how replacements for IDs will be made, no replacements of IDs are ongoing.

He says only IDs with wrong information printed on the cards can be reprinted at no cost.

Kwiringira says once in place, the regulations will provide specific information on the mechanisms of replacement plus the cost of replacing the IDs.

English
//Cue In: Right now...
Cue Out:…go with the bill are done//

Kwiringira was responding to concerns by some of the legislators on the committee that there are individuals extorting money from citizens to replace their lost IDs at about 100,000 Shillings.

Betty Nassenja, Head of Legal and Compliance at the authority, says no one should be duped to pay for replacement of IDs until government pronounces itself on the matter.

English
//Cue In: We have not mandated…
Cue Out:…owner of that card//


Luganda
//Cue In: Twasalawo…
Cue Out:…ku Police//


Mass registration for the national IDs started in April 2014, with statistics from the authority placing the number of printed IDs at 16.4 million cards. Nassenja says close to three million IDs have not been picked yet by the owners, especially in Kampala and Wakiso districts.

She says the complacency amongst citizens to pick their IDs will come at a cost if they do not go and collect them from the distribution centers.

//Cue In: For now…
Cue Out:…20,000 and above//


Luganda
//Cue In: Abatazinone…
Cue Out:…mwesortinge//


The second phase of mass registration is scheduled to take place after the 2016 general elections and will include aliens and children from 0 years and above.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.

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