NIRA Resumes Issuance of National IDs Amid Covid-19


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The National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) has resumed the issuance of National Identification cards (IDs) after several months of closure of the service as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

The issuance of the national IDs will commence in the districts of Wakiso, Mukono and Jinja at sub-county level.

“The issuance exercise is a pilot on how best we can issue cards during the lockdown period. We would like to assess how best to keep the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of COVID-19 as we open our services countrywide to the citizens,” reads a statement issued by NIRA on their social media platforms.

NIRA adds that the exercise will start on July 8 and carry on for 13 days in Mukono and Jinja, and in Wakiso, it will last 17 days.

According to NIRA, Wakiso district has over 180,000 unpicked national identification cards which is the highest number.

“Having been locked down for over 3 months, we felt it important to start issuance, dealing first with districts with a high number of cards and in August we shall tackle all the other districts,” NIRA noted.

NIRA adds that the lists of people whose cards are ready for issuance have been shared with Local Councils ones (LC 1) to ensure only those who are sure their cards are available visit the centers.

Every person collecting their cards will be required to wear a face mask. Issuance centres will be demarcated to allow social distancing.

NIRA has on several occasions been castigated for poor service delivery coupled with delays in offering the much needed services in the country.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has ordered for the firing of Judy Obitre-Gama, the Executive Director of the National Identification Registration Authority (NIRA) over failing to satisfactorily issue National Identity cards.

Early last month, President Museveni instructed the Internal Affairs Minister, Gen. Jeje Odongo to work with the NIRA Board to find a suitable replacement of NIRA Executive Director, Judy Obitre Gama who has since been sent on leave.

“I have been informed that the contract of the current Executive Director is due to expire. Given the problems faced by NIRA especially relating to the issuance of national identity cards, there is need to identify a new Executive Director, preferably with Legal or Information Technology background,” Museveni wrote to the Minister.

He added that, “I am therefore directing you to work with the Board of Directors of NIRA and identify a suitable candidate. Consult me, before a final decision is reached on the matter.”

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