New body to register births and deaths

Wednesday January 6 2016

By Sandra Janet Birungi

Kampala. The mandate to register births and deaths has been transferred to the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) in a bid to have one registration body in the country.

The change comes after Parliament enacted the Registration of Persons Act, 2015, which established the independent authority to carry out the duties. The authority, which is under the Ministry of Internal Affairs, officially started its work yesterday and according to the ministry spokesperson, it was a success.

“Our first day has been a success with over 60 people registered so far. We will be registering births and deaths of Ugandan citizens as well as aliens or refugees who will also receive alien identity cards,” Pamela Ankunda, the Internal Affairs ministry spokesperson, explained.

She said registering births and deaths is now mandatory and the ministry is taking steps to educate the public to ensure every death and birth is registered.

“This will help government to plan better and offer efficient and sufficient services to the public,” Ms Ankunda added.
The role was in the past carried out by Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) under the Births and Deaths Registration Act.

NIRA offices are located in Kololo, Kampala.