Shock as National Identity Card Enrollment File is Dumped In Masaka Top story

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On Friday, a file containing the bio data of more than 250 applicants in was found dumped near Lukiiko hall at Masaka district headquarters.

The recovery of a file containing details of applicant for the national identity card in Masaka has ignited debate on the safety of the bio data of applicants.
On Friday, a file containing the bio data of more than 250 applicants in was found dumped near Lukiiko hall at Masaka district headquarters.

The file contained enrollment form B that were was meant to be retained by government for future reference. Some of the applicants on the file are Peter Wasswa, Teopista Nansubuga, Specioza Nakuya, and Sulayman Lubega. Others are Rehema Nagadya, Richard Ssamadu Monday, Masitulah Namutebi, Scovia Namiwemba among others.

The forms were verified by Ritah Nalubwama, a supervisor. It is not clear who dumped the file in this place, where they were found by cleaners ahead of Kabaka's visit. Residents suspect that, the file could have been dumped by angry enrollment officers who accused Tolbert Musinguzi, the Masaka district Returning officer of embezzling their allowances.  

Dick Ssenyondo, a resident of Masaka fears many forms could not have been submitted to the authorities. He fears that he might be among those who will miss their National Identity card incase his information was not submitted.

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The recovered file has been given to Linos Ngompek, the Masaka Resident District Commissioner who coordinated the National Identity card enrollment exercise. Ngompek says he has launched investigations to establish why the file was dumped.
He says he plans to summon Tolbert Musinguzi, the Masaka returning officer and his team to explain what could have happened.

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Tolbert Musinguzi, the Masaka district Returning officer told URN on phone from Kampala that he was not aware about the file. Musinguzi has promised to investigate and establish what happened saying the application forms are meant to be kept safely for future reference.

Henry Busulwa, the Masaka Deputy Mayor says there must be comprehensive investigations to establish how people's information is kept. He fears the information could be mishandled and expose applicants to fraud. Busulwa says fraudsters and conmen could be using information obtained from such files. Government conducted the mass national identity card enrollment exercise in August this year and is yet to issue IDs to the applicants.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.