The National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) Executive Director, Ms Judy Obitre Gama, who has been at the helm of the Authority since 2015, will not have her contract renewed on the orders of President Yoweri Museveni.
This website understands that Ms Gama’s contract expires on July 15, 2020.
In a May 18th, 2020 letter to Internal Affairs Minister, Mr Jeje Odongo, President Museveni directs that a new Executive Director with Legal or Information Technology background be identified to head the Authority.
“I’m, therefore, directing you to work with the Board of Directors of NIRA and identify a suitable candidate, consult me before a final decision is reached on the matter,” Mr Museveni wrote in the letter.
Gama’s reign at the Authority has been bogged by several issues in the issuance and replacement of identity cards.
Some people who applied for IDs three to four years ago have not received them.
In 2018, the Auditor General said NIRA had failed to account for huge sums of money which had been channeled to individual accounts.
NIRA was also accused of flouting procurement procedures during the exercise that was carried out in primary and secondary schools across the country during the national ID student’s enrollment exercise.
NIRA’s mandate as established by the Registration of Persons Act 2015 includes the creation, management, maintenance and operation of the National Identification Register; the registration of all citizens of Uganda; the registration of non-citizens of Uganda who are lawful residents in Uganda and the registration of births and deaths.
In February this year, Cabinet appointed a new board for NIRA led by Mr James Biribonwa, a former Commissioner at the Electoral Commission to help push the Authority to be effective.
Mr Biribonwa then tasked the Authority management to explain the detailed process of National ID replacement and explain why it takes longer.