Mbarara. There was a lot of arguments between NIRA, UNICEF Bosses and MbararA district local government leaders over Birth, Death and adoption registration as NIRA and UNICEF warn them to stop extorting money that they always charge on Registration.
This tension came to fore during the meeting held at Kamukuzi Mbarara district which was organized by NIRA and UNICEF as they were sensitizing local government leaders on Birth and Death Registration. Facilitator from UNICEF Clerk Asiimwe accused local government leaders especially Sub-Count Chiefs that some of them have engaged in extorting huge money from parents when they want to register their children for Birth certificates.
The meeting was meant to train local government leaders and other stake holders on how Birth and Death, Adoption order registration exercise will be done. NIRA and UNICEF in partnership with ministry of Internal Affairs have organized to start birth, death and adoption registration exercise in Uganda specially to register children.
NIRA will register birth certificate on free of charge unless if one requires a death certificate one needs to pay 5000 Uganda shillings for citizens and 40USD for non-citizens and payments are made directly to the bank. This made some of the local government leaders including councilors to react arguing that when district is scraped off from charging birth certificates it will make a loss in the revenue.
According to the Mbarara District Deputy Speaker Venance Munanukye noted that district has been collecting a lot of money from Birth Certificates as district revenue and once these charges are scrapped off it will affect district’s revenue collection.
One of the councillors Jordan Musinguzi told NIRA and UNCEF Bosses that the previous exercise there was a lot of corruption when the project workers extorted a lot of money from people as they were registering birth and Death. He further noted that people are tired of this project because there is a lot corruption. But one from UNICEF responded him that this things have changed, “people must be aware that registration of Birth is free of charge and Death registration sh5000 paid in bank” Asiimwe for UNICEF explained.