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South Sudanese Fined UGX 1.5M for Illegal Possession of Ugandan National ID

Huda Elradi Ali was on Tuesday has been fined by the Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu after being found guilty on two offences of false declaration and giving false information to the passport officer at the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Kampala on May 24th 2021.
16 Jun 2021 07:39
The Convict Huda appearing in court.
A 58-year-old South Sudanese has been fined 1.5 Million Shillings for illegally possessing a Ugandan National Identification Card.

Huda Elradi Ali was on Tuesday fined by the Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu after being found guilty on two offences of false declaration and giving false information to the passport officer at the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Kampala on May 24th 2021.

According to the prosecution, in 2018 Huda presented herself as a Nubian for purposes of acquiring a Ugandan Passport while using a national Identification Card for Ugandans when she is not.  Huda was arrested when she went back to the Passport's office to follow up on the passport. The law provides that one can either be a Ugandan by birth, Citizenship or by Registration.

In court, Huda pleaded guilty to the charges and was accordingly convicted.

The prosecution asked the court for a deterrent sentence saying that the cases of foreigners coming to Uganda to get acquire documents illegally are rampant.

But in response, Huda was remorseful and told the court that she had not acquired the Identification Card for illegal purposes, but she never wanted to return to her country since she has relatives in Kampala.

However, when the Magistrate asked her why she had obtained the card, Huda noted that she had been told that a Ugandan Identification Card can easily be acquired by  foreigners.

Kamasanyu chose to sentence Huda to a fine of 1.5 million shillings and with an alternative that failure to do so, she will be jailed for one year.

"You were remorseful but such offences have been rampant. Many foreigners go to the national Identification Cards office to get them. But it’s wrong. It has to stop. Only Ugandans have to get them. Many people get our national IDs to do wrong things and what you did was also wrong", said Kamasanyu.

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