By; Francis Lubega
12th Oct. 2021
The National Identification and Registration Authority-NIRA has revealed before the parliamentary Defense committee that most of the ID printing machines broke down affecting the output number of personal national IDs.
The revelation came after the MPs sitting on the committee questioned the authority officials why there’s slow issuance of national IDs yet people pay in time to be served.
In reply, the Executive director NIRA Rosemary Kisembo said that the authority currently has two out of the four operating printing machines producing less than 1,000 IDs daily compared before when they could print 100,000 IDs on daily basis were each machine would produce 25000 IDs per day.
She added that even the human resource known as ID processor’s reduced from 800 to less than 20 personnel.
Meanwhile the authority has failed to explain why it didn’t issue National IDs to the 16 year old and below school going children who were registered under the learner’s project.
Furthermore it was also found that out of the 45million Ugandans, NIRA has only issued to only 14million Ugandans national IDs which was contested by one of the committee members Theodore Ssekikubo asking whether they do not receive money appropriated by parliament.