Joseph Biribonwa to Chair NIRA Board

Joseph Biribonwa

Former Vice Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Joseph Biribonwa has been appointed to Chair the Board of Directors at National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA).

Biribonwa was approved by Cabinet on Monday.

He will be deputized by Ruth Nvumetta Kavuma.

Other Board members are Dr Betty Kivumbi Nannyonga, Maj. Gen. Apollo Kasita-Gowa who represents the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control and James Saaka who represents NITA (U).

Bemanya Twebaze will represent Uganda Registration Services Bureau while Dr Paul Kintu will represent the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The other member is Dr Chris Ndatira Mukiza from Uganda Bureau of Statistics.

Biribonwa boasts of more than 40 years of professional experience, in the area of democracy and governance, management and administration and finance and corporate governance.

The Board Chairperson and the other members are appointed by the Minister, according to the law.

Section 13 of the Act states that the Board is responsible for the general direction and supervision of the Authority.

The Board oversees the operations of NIRA; advises the Minister on registration and identification of persons, related policy and strategic issues; reviews and approve business and operating plans, budgets, reports and audited financial statements of the Authority.

It also establishes and approves rules and procedures for appointment, promotion, termination, discipline, and terms and conditions of service of the staff of the Authority.

The Board also provides guidance to the Executive Director and staff of the Authority.

Established by the Registration of Persons Act 2015, NIRA is mandated to create, manage, maintain and operationeralize the National Identification Register.

The Authority registers all citizens and non-citizens of Uganda who are lawfully residents in Uganda as well as issuing National Identification Cards and Aliens’ Identification Cards to all registered persons.

NIRA’s other function is to harmonise and incorporate into the register, where applicable, information from other databases in Government agencies relating to registration of persons.

It is also mandated to verify and authenticate information relating to the registration and identification of persons; collate information obtained and reproduce it as may be required, from time to time.

NIRA also ensures the preservation, protection and security of any information or data collected, obtained, maintained or stored in the register;

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