Friday May 23 2014

ID card kits break down in Rakai

By By Martins E. Ssekweyama

The national ID card exercise has stalled in parts of Rakai District as a result of non-functional and breakdown of some registration kits.
Mr Stephen Ssembatya, the Buyamba Parish supervisor, told the Daily Monitor early this week that the exercise had experienced some hitches due to failure of some kits to operate normally.

“We have mobilised people to come for the registration exercise and when they come, that is when the scanners and some other kits stop working,” he said.

He added the machines are very fragile with some not able to handle more than 30 people on a particular day.
The problem of weak machines, the supervisor said, has been compounded further by the absence of local council village officials [chairpersons] who are charged with the verification of people registering for the ID cards.

Some officers charged with the process have abandoned it, claiming they are working without appointment letters and are poorly remunerated.
However, the government recently said it would issue appointment letters to all those who were recruited to conduct the exercise after a country-wide verification.

In Rakai, the Kamuswaga (traditional chief) of Kooki, Appolo Ssansa Kabumbuli II, was among those who had to wait or turned away from registration centres due to failure of machines.

The scanners at a registration centre in Rakai Town Council failed for more than two hours to capture the Kamuswaga’s thumbprint.
Mr Charles Mubiru, the Rakai RDC, said although his office had received a general outcry of insufficient equipment, he was yet to register faulty kits.