The services of the National Identification Registration Authority (NIRA) have been hijacked by brokers who are now making millions of shillings from unsuspecting Ugandans.
Each applicant who seeks the service of a broker pays not less than Shs50, 000.
A broker at the Wandegeya NIRA branch who preferred not to be named said at times, they also give a commission to NIRA officers they work with.
Rose Nyangoma, an applicant for the national ID said the hefty amounts of money she was required to pay stopped her from registering.
She adds that because she didn’t have the money, she has still failed to secure a national ID two months down the road.
NIRA spokesperson, Gilbert Kadilo told our reporter that the services of such middlemen are illegal.
However, he added that nothing can be done about them unless applicants raise formal complaints with the Authority.
Kadilo says applicants who are asked to pay for services should either go to the police or write a formal complaint to the Executive Director, Brig Stephen Kwiringira who will initiate investigations.