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RDC Orders Arrest of NIRA Boss Over Extortion

Police in Kabale district have arrested Samson Twasiima, the Butanda Sub County National Identification Registration Authority (NIRA) Officer on allegation of bribery and extortion.

The arrest was ordered by Kabale Deputy Resident District Commissioner Gad Rugaju.

Twasiima was arrested on Thursday during a meeting between Mr Rugaju and residents of Butanda, held at Butanda Sub County headquarters.

Rugaju says he called the meeting after several residents reported to his office complaining against the NIRA boss and his colleagues for extorting money from locals who are trying to   register for national IDs.

Some of the residents like Winston Tumuheimbise, Elcana Byamukanga and Jonathan Niwamanya told the RDC that the suspect forced them to pay up to Shs 100,000 to accept their applications for the IDs.

Twasiima is also said to have been charging Shs 8000 and 20000 for birth and death certificates respectively from the locals.

In response, Norman Nsenga the Kabale and Rukiga districts NIRA Officer described the situation as unfortunate and apologized for the mess.

He clarified that the registration process for the National IDs is free and all the money supposed to be paid, 5000 for a birth certificate and 50000 for National ID replacement must be paid in the bank.

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On his part, Twasiima admitted to have extorted the money from the residents but could not account for it. This forced Rugaju to order for his arrest by police.

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