The Internal Security Officer for Lefori Sub County in Moyo district (GISO), Mr Samuel Lemeriga, has come under fire for allegedly issuing recommendation letters to South Sudanese nationals so that they can be registered to get Ugandan national Identity Cards.
Mr Sam Asusi, the Secretary for Security, said that residents complained that they were denied recommendation letters yet some South Sudanese were being allowed to register for the national ID.
“The GISO of Lefori Sub-county was found issuing documents for South Sudanese nationals to be registered for national identification exercise which is illegal and we believe he is extorting money from those people recommended for the service,” Mr Asusi said.
He urged those conducting the exercise to observe transparency and avoid abusing their offices.
“This office you are holding is for the public for trust. We are going to ensure that whoever is involved does the right things. There are procedures for non –citizens to follow while acquiring legal documents in this country. They must go to the immigration office at Afoji and thereafter they would be advice where necessary,” Mr Asusi.
This is the third month of an on-going registration exercise targeting Ugandan citizens who have missed out the previous registration activities.
However, Lemeriga, the accused officer, said that the allegations are not true.
“I am properly guided in this exercise of National ID registration. Those are just false allegations labeled against me and last time my supervisor (DISO) contacted me over the same matter and I know those people are not interested in the service I am offering in Lefori Sub County,” he said.
The district National Identification Registration Authority (NIRA) officer, Mr Sseragi Madoyi, confirmed that it is true such concerns have reached his office.
“We have had some cases of verification of citizenship irregularities at Lefori Sub-county by the GISO but those cases have actually been referred to his immediate supervisors (RDC and DISO) because they are responsible to take action over the matter. I believed the concern officers are handling it and I instructed the registration officials to take keen interest of such issues seriously,” Mr Madoyi said.