By Carol Kasujja
Following complaints about non-payment of allowances, appointment letters and lack of equipment by registration officers in the ongoing national ID card project, the Ministry of Internal Affairs has clarified on the issues.
In a press release, Steven Kagoda, the Internal Affairs permanent secretary, said that procedures on how people should receive and account for facilitation have been put in place.
“Every enrolment officer will be duly paid their duty facilitation allowances since the start of the mass enrolment exercise on April 14,2014 and will thereafter be paid monthly,” said Kagoda.
Kagoda noted that all appointment letters are being signed and dispatched to the different stations through the district registrars, down to the parishes and eventually to all support staff.
Sub County chiefs will receive sh240,000 per month, sub county supervisor (EC) will get sh600,000 per month, LC 3 Chairpersons will get sh110,000, Giso sh100,000, Police sh100,000 and sub county elde ,sh100,000.
Parish chiefs will get sh158,400, parish supervisors sh300,000, Piso sh220,000, police security sh220,000, local leaders sh10,000 and enrolment officers will get sh450,000 per month.
“Allowances to the enrollment officers and participating leaders are well described in the appointment letters and these allowances are dispatched on a monthly basis,” Kagoda noted.
Kagoda says that anyone who receives less than what they are supposed to get should report immediately.
Meanwhile, Paul Bukenya, the spokesperson of Electoral commission says they have dispatched more equipment to easy the process of registration in areas where officers handle more than 50,000 people.
“This is our third week and we have dispatched more equipment in centers which had few kits so that they do not complain about being slow,” he said.
Bukenya explained that in the first weeks, people were complaining about the quality of their Identity cards, but they are impressed about the quality that has comes out.
Security is tightened up to avoid stealing of Kits like how it was in Kore District.