Source: The Monitor (Kampala)
That a staggering 16.8 million Ugandans – close to half of the population, do not have the National Identity Cards (IDs) is quite worrying.
This is proof that the process of obtaining the National ID has not been simplified enough. In cases where one got the ID but found errors originating from National Identification and Registration Authority (Nira), the owner would still pay the price in order for the fault to be rectified.
But we must remember that such mistakes also impact the country’s database.
Currently, any second transaction on the National ID attracts a fee. This means whether you lost your ID or discovered any error on your ID, you will have to incur Shs50,000 in addition to a bank charge. But why would Nira require someone to pay for a mistake that they did not create?
The law explains it. Section 82 of the Registration of Persons Act, 2015 protects Nira employees from personal liability for mistakes made while on duty. It also says “A member of the Board of staff of the Authority or any other person acting under the authority of the Board or the Authority, is not personally liable for any omission done or omitted to be done in good faith in the exercise of the functions of the Authority.”