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NIRA ED in trouble over missing funds, abuse of office

The executive director of National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) Judy Obitre-Gama is under investigation for alleged fraud, corruption and abuse of office among other cases. 

The case was referred to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) by the parliamentary committee on Defence and Internal Affairs committee on the basis of queries raised by the auditor general in a December 2017 report from the verification of funds spent for the registration of learners exercise.

NIRA executive director Judy Obitre-Gama

The report indicated that NIRA failed to account for huge sums of money, channelled billions of money to individual accounts and flouted procurement procedures during the exercise that was carried out in both primary and secondary schools across the country during the national ID student enrolment exercise.

The enrolment drive is intended to capture the data of children aged 5-16 years which the authority did not have in its national registry databank. The auditor general observed that in the process, NIRA irregularly paid out Shs 2.1 billion to individual personal accounts while another Shs 1.3 billion was deposited to the personal account of the accountant.

NIRA also failed to account for Shs 8.4 billion spent as facilitation to various officials. The report equally pointed out irregularities in the procurement of laptops and batteries for the project.

NIRA purchased 2,000 laptops and 6,000 laptop batteries for the project, which, according to the auditor general, were overpriced leading to a loss of Shs 2.7 billion. Though all laptops were delivered, the report says only 350 batteries were received.

Parliament's defense committee headed by Judith Nabakooba handed Obitre-Gama to the Criminal Investigations Department after failing to provide evidence of the use of government resources.

According to Nabakooba, the authority does not have documents and records in relation to the activities. She says NIRA does not have authentic paperwork showing what they are doing. Nabakooba also says Obitre-Gama used her position to recruit staff without approval from Public Service.

Nabakooba says police will now investigate all the allegations on NIRA and concerns of staff, like harassment of staff. She says NIRA has Ugandans' sensitive information, but there is something not happening right in the authority.

Kasilo County MP Elijah Okupa says that NIRA failed to avail minutes of board meetings for the first two years, which is unacceptable for an authority which is managing Uganda's data system.

NIRA has been marred by chaos with workers accusing the management of segregation, favouritism and in many cases harassment. NIRA whose principal role is the establishment and maintenance of the national identification register has also faced allegations of irregular recruitment of staff among other things.

In March, this year the former staff members petitioned the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga seeking to have them either reinstated or they are paid salary for six months.

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+1 #1 WADADA rogers 2018-04-12 08:32
In this country, it appears every one who is given a public office works so hard to steal whatever is stealable before they are ejected out of office.

I think it is due to lack of security of tenure. Imagine Judy Obitre-Gama who just assumed this office is already under investigation for alleged fraud, corruption and abuse of office among other cases.
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0 #2 Zungulu Zzungulu 2018-04-12 10:38
Quoting WADADA rogers:
In this country, it appears every one who is given a public office works so hard to steal whatever is stealable before they are ejected out of office.

I think it is due to lack of security of tenure. Imagine Judy Obitre-Gama who just assumed this office is already under investigation for alleged fraud, corruption and abuse of office among other cases.


Clear portrayal of degenerated moral philosophy since 1986, of "you can steal and share amongst yourselves".....Cry the beloved Country!!!
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0 #3 kasaija 2018-04-12 12:28
Quoting WADADA rogers:
In this country, it appears every one who is given a public office works so hard to steal whatever is stealable before they are ejected out of office.

I think it is due to lack of security of tenure. Imagine Judy Obitre-Gama who just assumed this office is already under investigation for alleged fraud, corruption and abuse of office among other cases.

LOCK HER UP. CROOCKED. THEY ARE DOING NOTHING
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+1 #4 Lakwena 2018-04-12 12:31
The Judy Obitre-Gama of this country are the people who have finally pissed off the NRM Deputy Secretary General, Richard Todwong, over unrestrained corruption in public offices.

Besides, the name, Obitre Gama, rings the bell of Amin's era of terror, murder and MAGENDO!.

In other words, it is also indicative, how Mr. M7 has incorporated all our previous tormentors (criminals against humanity) during Amin's era; including their sons and daughters into his regime apparatus.

E.g. Mr. M7 released all Amin's hatchet/henchmen and women like Abdallah Nassur from death row. And Amin's sons,Taban Amin is maybe one of his terror advisors.

I am pissed too.
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+3 #5 Mubiru 2018-04-12 17:34
Its the same trite story. The Inspector General was reported in this very paper that her recommendation to have a thief who had been fully investigated by her office punished by a woman permanent secretary were simply ignored.

Its pointless to bore us with Obitre-Gama's alleged thieving when people in such positions are the very Uganda's untouchable.

How did she qualify to be appointed in such a juicy position unless she had top level connections which insulate her from any accusations of bribery and other wrong doing.! All the mushroom organizations like IG,Ag, DPP etc purporting to fight corruption etc are a waste of space and money.

Let the thieves continue to milk the country without bothering us with fake stories of investigations, interdiction etc.

In very rare cases where the untouchable are prosecuted, DPP then "loses" interest in the case and the thief walks out free. No body has monopoly of intelligence to imagine they can always fool Uganda,s down trodden.
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0 #6 rubangakene 2018-04-12 21:57
Corruption is running is running like a contagious flu virus. Everybody is at it even women.

It is like a drug addiction; everybody wants apiece of the action. Just imagine if a woman in the village was caught climbing into somebody's granary to scoop millet, what would happen to her? JAMENI, NINASHINDA SANA NENO HILI.
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0 #7 Cheng 2018-04-14 12:32
Lakwena go and hang if you think Obote did not kill Ugandans and mention one president in whose regime no life was lost!
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+1 #8 Lakwena 2018-04-16 16:35
Quoting Cheng:
Lakwena go and hang if you think Obote did not kill Ugandans and mention one president in whose regime no life was lost!


Cheng, what are you defending here?

In other words, unlike M7 who picked a gun (Master of violence) and publicly said that he personally killed a Ugandan, a UNLA soldiers at a roadblock what evidence do you have that Obote personally killed any Ugandan.

Amin also personally killed. E.g. he personally shot Arch Bishop Luwum, Erinayo Oryema and Oboth, point blank in their faces. That is what is known as killing: Not by proxy.

Everyone must answer for his/her own crime/sin.
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