The projection has been made by the newly appointed National Identification and Registration Authority-NIRA Executive Director Rosemary Kisembo as she assumed her new office at the authority’s headquarters in Kololo.
The government of Uganda will mostly likely take another
eight years before issuing National Identification Numbers-NINs to all
The projection has been made by the newly appointed
National Identification and Registration Authority-NIRA Executive Director
Rosemary Kisembo as she assumed her new office at the authority’s headquarters
Kisembo, who is an information technology expert says she
made the estimate basing on several factors including staffing levels and means
used to capture applications forms and transmission of data relating to the
current population growth rate.
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it is a requirement for all citizens to be registered and incorporated into the
National Identification Register, available data indicates that NIRA has so far registered about 25 million citizens out of the estimated total population of over 42 million people.
over 10 million Ugandans aged 16 and above registered with NIRA but have not
accessed their National Identity Cards.
Besides registration of citizens, the authority whose
leadership she has assumed is also performing poorly on the fronts of
registering new birth, deaths, and aliens.
Brig. Gen Stephen Kwiringira, the outgoing acting
executive director, partly blames the inefficiency on the mode of
operation and how NIRA began its work.
“Part of the problem is that we started with capturing
registering people for elections purposes yet ideally, I think, we should have started with registering births,” says Kwiringira.
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Kwiringira also points at the aging technology and
equipment and low staffing levels at the organization. He says although
the authority requires 820 staff members, it only has 50 percent of the number, which
greatly limits the output.
Apart from low staffing levels, the authority cannot
produce identity cards for the registered citizens given the fact that two out
of the four printing machines are down.
to the auditor general’s report, the two functioning machines have a production
capacity of only 28 percent which slows efficiency and affects the production
of the cards.
As one of the means to turn around the authority, Joseph
Birobonwa, the NIRA board chairperson, says they need to increase the number of
staff and capitalize on decentralization, and automation of services to limit
bureaucratic gaps that have been a breeding grounds for soliciting bribes.
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Minister of Internal Affairs, Gen. Jeje Odongo has also challenged the incoming
Executive Director to look out for all possible means to ensure that the
authority deliveries on its mandate.
that government is tired of complaints regarding the poor services by NIRA.
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2020, President Yoweri Museveni who was looking for a solution for problems
faced by NIRA especially relating to the issuance of national identity cards, directed that the authority should be headed by a person
with legal and information technology background.
It is with that background, that Kisembo has been appointed
coming, with extensive experience and multi-faceted skills in adopting relevant
technologies for organizational transformation.
ED holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Information Systems from
Makerere University and previously served as head
of ICT at Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA.
Before joining UNRA, she served at
Uganda Revenue Authority -URA in the Corporate Services Department from 1995