NIRA, Immigration suspend business over coronavirus

This file photo tweeted in December 2019 by NIRA shows NIRA staff collecting data from Ugandans for ID registration.

Ugandans planning to process or renew their national identification cards, passports, birth and death certificates, among other documents will have to wait a little longer as government moves to forestall the spread of coronavirus.

Cabinet on Monday directed National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) and directorate of citizenship and immigration have suspended operations for the next 30 days in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“Cabinet has today authorized NIRA and Immigration effective tomorrow close business to the public for the next thirty (30) days. Accordingly the public is hereby advised,” government spokesperson Mr Ofwono Opondo said in a tweet before adding that staff will report to work.

His tweet came just hours before the Ministry of Health confirmed eight new cases of the virus.
As of Monday, Uganda had a total of nine confirmed cases, all of whom are Ugandan nationals who had travelled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.