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NIRA undertakes to rectify errors on national IDs

Nationals registering for national IDs in Karamoja

Nationals registering for national IDs in Karamoja

The National Identification Registration Authority (NIRA) has launched a three-month exercise aimed at rectifying errors existing on national identity cards.

The free-of-charge exercise is set to begin on January 14, 2019, at sub-county headquarters across the country. The authority has been charging a fee of Shs 50,000 from persons seeking to rectify errors on their IDs issued after the mass enrollment exercise which was launched in 2014.

A total of 27 million people have so far been registered by the authority. However a sizeable number of cards were printed with mis-spelt names, errors in birth dates and un-captured signatures, among others.

Some were picked by the owners and are being used with the errors, while millions of others remain in the custody of the authority.

NIRA public relations officer Michael Muganga says that the aim is to ensure that the data on the national IDs is corrected and that it matches all other public records of the ID holders.

Muganga says that the corrections will be done, alongside the registration of persons who could have missed the initial mass registration exercise undertaken in 2014.

He says that the authority wants to extend the services to all communities so that persons who are not registered are not disenfranchised by the system ahead of the 2021 general election.

The exercise is estimated to cost Shs 7 billion. 

Comments

+2 #1 Lakwena 2019-01-03 09:59
That the The authority has been charging a fee of Shs 50,000, from persons seeking to rectify errors on their IDs issued after the mass enrollment exercise which was launched in 2014, is not true.

In other words, it is worse. The corruption in NIRA is bewildering.

I know of someone who, because of an emergency; was blackmailed into parting with Shs.400,000 (x8) to get her son's ID corrected.

In as far as fighting corruption is concerned, in Uganda under Mr. M7, every day is Fools Day
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+2 #2 Lakwena 2019-01-03 10:09
Corruption in public offices in Uganda is like butchery and cannibalism, where public officer literally suck the blood of their fellow countrymen, women and children.

You are cannibalized by your own countrymen and women as you watch, with nowhere to run to.

While the president is cannibalizing us from State House, the NRA/M cadres cannibalize us at the grassroots.
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0 #3 Olinga Moses 2019-01-03 17:25
I am really very upset with NIRA, i paid my money in June last year to correct the order of my names.

I was told to go back in August 2018, I went but i was told it was not ready, i kept going their i was being told that my data was corrupted.

I tried asking asking at KCCA office how i could be helped but no answer. I was only told to keep checking. Up to today i have failed to get my card and nobody is telling me what more i need to do. I am very upset indeed by this level of incompetence.
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+1 #4 Olinga Moses 2019-01-03 17:33
I am very upset with NIRA, i requested to change the order of my names in June, i was told to check in August however, i have gone to KCCA office where cards are being issued from August till December 2018 last year and i was only being told my data was corrupted but whenever i asked what i needed to do, there was no answer instead am told to keep going their.

This is a highest level of incompetence from such a public office and it must change. I am very frustrated and i have used a lot of money travelling every now and then to check for that card. I need someone to help me please.
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0 #5 Kameme 2019-01-03 23:22
Sorry my country man "Olinga Moses" . That's how incompetent every department / institution in M7 banana Republic.

Piece of advice forget about the ID CARD instead use/keep carrying that large piece of forms that you were given as copy when you registered the first time because I can only assume it has all the information captured correctly.

That's how I identify myself when requested to do so.
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0 #6 Kameme 2019-01-03 23:23
Yet I was a part time IT Tech helping those NIRA chaps in the field with their every now and then fault machines during that mass exercise but can you imagine my ID has never been seen anywhere.

All they keep saying is it was printed but they don't know where it went.
Mbu... go to Police..,, Court etc long use talk from NIRA.

One day I went for a NIRA job interview in Kololo the chaps wanted to kick me out of the interview because I didn't present my NIN CARD, though I had moved with my Passport, I refused to show them. Showed them their large paper as my ID. I argued with them until
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0 #7 mungu 2019-01-04 09:46
Some lawyers should help Ugandans file a suit against this regime.

National IDs world wide including Rwanda most of the NIRA and GOU operatives come from does not expire.

So why is ours valid for only 10 years. Is it an attempt by the regime to control our right to citizenship including citizenship by birth? what about the chaos of having to renew the card every other time upon expiry?
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0 #8 Lakwena 2019-01-04 10:12
Quoting Olinga Moses:
I am really very upset with NIRA, i paid my money in June last year to correct the order of my names.

I was told to go back in August 2018, I went but i was told it was not ready, i kept going their i was being told that my data was corrupted.

I tried asking asking at KCCA office how i could be helped but no answer. I was only told to keep checking. Up to today i have failed to get my card and nobody is telling me what more i need to do. I am very upset indeed by this level of incompetence.


Mr. Olinga, why should Ugandans pay for errors (order of names), which are not their making?

In other words, it is a syndicated form of extortion.

It is a consensus that Ugandans pay taxes in order to receive quality services. But like in your case, you still have to pay extra for a shabby service and wait forever to receive it, at additional costs.
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