By Biziwan Kirunda
29th Jan 2020
Parliament has been asked to review the National Identification and Registration Authority-NIRA Act.
This request is part of the recommendations contained in the research findings conducted by Unwanted Witness, a human rights organization, in a report titled ‘Uganda’s Digital ID system, a cocktail of discrimination.’
Speaking at the launch of the report at Serena Hotel Kampala, Lawrence Muyomba, and the lead researcher said among the respondents that they interviewed, 72 % revealed that they were required to present a National ID before receiving a private service from institutions like banks and telecommunication companies after refusing any other form of identification.
The situation was even worse in public institutions where up to 85 percent of the respondents were denied access to health services, agricultural inputs, mosquito nets among others yet they are fundamental rights that must not be predicated on ID
Gilbert Kadilo, NIRA spokesperson admitted that indeed they are not operating at full capacity although they can produce up to 24,000 IDs a day currently they are only able to produce 10,000 IDs.
Muwanga Kivumbi, the Member of Parliament for Butambala County, said NIRA must improve on its efficiency especially now that the country is headed to a general election.