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Citizenship and Immigration Control Board Run by One Person

The Ministry of Internal Affairs wrote to the president notifying him about the expiry of contracts of the board members but received no response. Instead, Internal Affairs Minister General Jeje Odong instructed Mondo to execute the functions of the board as they await a response from the president. The Ag. Director Citizenship and Immigration Control Cheborion Patrick told the Commission that Mondo has been running the activities alone since March 2017 when contracts of the other members expired.

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The Chairman of the Citizenship and Immigration Control Board Major General Emilio Mondo is singlehandedly running activities of the Board, the Commission of Inquiry into land matters heard today.

The revelation was made by the Acting Director Citizenship and Immigration Control Patrick Cheborion during an interaction with the committee chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire. He told the Commission that Mondo has been running the activities alone since March 2017 when contracts of the other members of the board expired. 

The board comprised of eight members appointed by the President. Its mandate includes granting and cancelling immigration permits, registering and issuing immigration cards to aliens and issuing Uganda passports and other travel documents. 

But according to Cheborion, the Ministry of Internal Affairs wrote to the president notifying him about the expiry of contracts of the board members but received no response. Instead, Internal Affairs Minister General Jeje Odong instructed Mondo to execute the functions of the board as they await a response from the president.

However, Justice Bamugemereire said it was a big problem to have one man take decisions on behalf of the entire board.  

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He said that the Minister used powers granted to him under section nine of the Uganda Citizenship and Immigration Control Act. The section grants the Minister Powers to give general policy directions to the board. 

But Dr Rose Nakayi, one of the members of the commission opposed his submission saying that the powers of the Minister are in regard to a constituted board which is not the case in this situation.  

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Cheborion was appearing before the commission to clarify on the citizenship of Patel Paresh Mavji, a businessman involved in a Land conflict on Block 9 plot 359, in Kagugube-Kibuga which he allegedly bought from the family of Dr Emmanuel Lumu.

The land is claimed by Paresh and Rosemary Nabukenya who also claims the same plot as part of her late mother Maria Lwiza Nalongo’s Estate, to which, she is the administrator.

The Commission questioned Patel's citizenship because there was information that he had been aided to secure a Ugandan passport even without citizenship. Cheborion said that Patel was given a passport on  July 31, 2014, after being granted citizenship on June  11, 2014.

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