The arrest follows numerous accusations from members of the public about the manner in which employees of NIRA demand bribes from people
Police in Iganga is holding a 33-year-old employee of the National Identification Registration Authority (NIRA) for allegedly soliciting a sh20,000 bribe in order to process a national identity card.
Ronald Bawuna, a registration assistant, was arrested after he allegedly demanded the money from an elderly man to fast track the processing of an identity card.
According to a Police source, the elderly man alerted Police who made a photocopy of a sh20,000 note before giving it to the man, who handed it over to Bawuna.
Police arrested him moments later with the sh20,000 note as the exhibit.
The Iganga district Police commander, Davis Ndawula said the accused will soon appear before court to answer charges of abuse of office.
Ndawula said the accused being a government employee, cannot solicit bribes from people in order to offer services which are meant to be free of charge.
The Iganga resident district commissioner, Eva Kwesiga said the arrest follows numerous accusations from members of the public about the manner in which employees of NIRA demand bribes from people in order to process their national identification cards.
Kwesiga said processing of national identity cards is free and anyone who demands for a bribe violates the law and should be reported to any nearby Police or local council official for appropriate action to be taken.