Kabale NIRA Official Coughs UGX 3.65M Extorted Money



Simon Twasiima alias Kaboy, the National Identification and Regulation Authority-NIRA Information Technology Officer in-charge of Butanda Sub County in Kabale district has coughed Shillings 3.65 million that he allegedly extorted from residents.

Twasiima was arrested on April 25, 2019 on orders of Gad Rugaaju Ahimbisibwe, the Kabale Deputy Resident District Commissioner after 360 locals implicated him for charging them money before issuing them their national identity cards and registering fresh applicants or correct errors in their bio data.

Twasiima reportedly charged his victims between Shillings 7,500 and 100,000. Residents also accused him of demanding payment before issuing birth certificates.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Deputy RDC met the affected locals at Butanda Sub county headquarters and informed them Twasiima had accepted his blunder and returned the money.

Rugaaju handed back the money to the affected residents, saying he couldn’t allow Twasiima to turn a free government program into a source of his private income.

He said the officer was released on police bond after paying back the money, adding that it is now up to NIRA and police to decide their next course of action since his intention was to ensure residents get a refund of their money.

Lordah Kiconco, a resident of Nyamiryango village in Nyamiryango parish in Butanda sub county, said Twasiima charged her Shillings 8,000 as registration fees.

Kiconco said she was happy that the RDC had managed to help get a refund of their money.

Yowasi Tibirinyeba and Christian Atuheire, both residents of Mutungwe village in Nyamiryango parish, said that they were also charged Shillings 8000 for registration.

They say that the refund of their money after Rugaaju’s intervention is a great achievement.

Eric Kigunzu Tumwesigye, the Butanda Sub County LC V councilor, said the issues of the NIRA official should be an eye opener for everybody who works for government to abandon all corruption tendencies.

According to Kigunzu, many people stayed away for the National Identity card enrollment exercise because of Twasiima’s habit of extortion.


UHRC Investigating Ssebulime Murder



The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) says that it is investigating the murder of Ronald Ssebulime.

Ssebulime was shot dead by police after he was allegedly arrested and handcuffed on March 24 in Kayunga District following a claim by ICT State Minister Ida Nantaba that some assassins were trailing her on a motorbike.

Last month Mukono Grade One Magistrate Mariam Nalugya Semwanga remanded a 46-year-old Corporal David Ssali to Luzira prison for allegedly shooting to death Ssebulime.

Med S.K Kaggwa, the chairperson of the Commission told Members of Parliament on the Human Rights committee that the matter is currently under investigation with possible compensation.

The Director Complaints, Investigations and Legal Services, Ida Nakiganda says that the commission is investigating the matter that the Uganda Police Force has since established that it was an extra-judicial murder.

Nakiganda added that there is a possibility for compensation if the police officers involved are found culpable by the Commission.

Earlier, MPs led by the committee chairperson, Nantume Egunyu and Kumi municipality MP, Monica Amoding asked what the commission has done ever since Ssebulime’s murder and whether there is a possibility of his family being compensated.

Amoding noted that since the police have since admitted that its officers killed Ssebulime in cold blood, his family has legitimate claims for compensation.

The commission was also asked what it has done following complaints of torture and harassment from fishermen about the operations of the Fisheries Protection Unit.

Amoding also complained that the police are not implementing the Public Order Management Act, 2014 as expected, but has instead used it to block activities of opposition politicians.

The Commission chairperson, Med Kaggwa says that the body plans to organize a sensitization retreat for the police. He agrees that the force is misinterpreting Public Order Management Act by thinking that they have the power to grant permission to people to hold public gatherings.



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