Police detectives of the Special Investigations Division have arrested four Rwandan nationals and other foreigners for illegally obtaining Uganda National Identity cards.
A National Identification and Registration Authority (Nira) official was also arrested for conniving to register the Rwandans and other foreigners as Ugandan citizens.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said the suspects were being held on charges of obtaining National Identity cards by fraud.
“Detectives are going back to the villages where these identity cards were processed. The Local Council members who appended their signatures on the applications for identity cards and those who seconded them have to tell us why they did it,” Mr Enanga said.
On conviction, the offence attracts five years in jail or a Shs2.4m fine or both.
Police said the suspects include four Rwandan students of Kampala International University.
Security sources said they suspect the accused obtained the identity cards for espionage on behalf of Rwandan government.
The other suspects in police custody, according to security sources, are believed to be Rwandan nationals, but they destroyed all the identity cards of their country of origin before they were arrested.
Mr Enanga said the suspects would be produced in court as soon as their files have been sanctioned by the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.