Legislators sitting on the Defense Committee of Parliament turned furious against officials from the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) who reportedly accused some of the MPs of bribery.
NIRA officials led by their board chairperson, Prof. Peter Kasene were appearing today before the defense committee to present their policy statement as well as their financial reports.
The committee chairperson Judith Nabakooba said she received information that NIRA officials in the past have been found uttering false stories in Parliament corridors, claiming that MPs wanted bribes so as to go easy on them during committee interfaces.
“Whenever we go hard on them and they are out in corridors, you pick information that we are trying to get money from them,” she said, adding that the officials ought to do their work professionally without expecting MPs to cover their dirt.
“We don’t need their money; we are paid to do our work.”
Nabakooba advised NIRA officials to understand that the committee is the eyes and ears of Government and mandated to see whether the investment in NIRA is worthwhile.
She further accused the NIRA officials of overlooking the committee directives, noting that despite requesting for the documents on time to be submitted, the documents were sent in late evening on Monday and that these seemed to have a lot of errors.
“There are minutes I asked for and I am seeing somebody signed on behalf of the board and the name is not appearing. Let the board secretary respect the committee and sign; I have seen a lot of anomalies. Are you giving us fake documents?,” she wondered.
Nabakooba later adjourned the committee sitting pushing out NIRA officials to return on another date with all the relevant documents as requested.
Kasene apologized for their misconduct and promised to improve on their report to the committee and rejected claims that they undermine other government agencies.