Police Recover 176 National IDs from Community "Radios' Top story

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Benson Byaruhanga, the Luweero District Police Commander, says they raided the community broadcasters on request from the National Identification and Registration Authority following complaints that the broadcasters were extorting money from people who had lost their IDs.

Police have recovered 176 national identity cards following a raid on community broadcasters alias bizindalo in Luweero district. The raid affected community broadcasters such as Kalaso, Voice of Kasana and Radio Wobulenzi in Luweero, Wobulenzi, Kikyusa and Bombo town councils.
 
 
Benson Byaruhanga, the Luweero District Police Commander, says they raided the community broadcasters on request from the National Identification and Registration Authority following complaints that the broadcasters were extorting money from people who had lost their IDs.



He explains that all recovered National IDs are supposed to be handed over to the nearest Police station or NIRA offices but most people prefer to take them to community broadcasters where they connive with their owners to demand lots of money from the ID holders.
 

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Mohammed Mpiima, the Luweero District Registration Officer, says they also received complaints from the public that some people were stealing National IDs and use the community broadcasters to extort money from their victims.
 
 
He says they will display the recovered National IDs at the NIRA district offices for some time to enable their owners to pick them.
 
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Mpiima also revealed that they are stuck with 19,930 National IDs at the district offices that haven't been picked up by their owners.
 
Ronald Luyinda, the proprietor of Kalaso Community radio in Luweero town denies extorting money from those who have lost their National IDs, saying they were doing public good by announcing the recovered IDs.


 
Replacement of a National ID costs Shillings 50,000 in additional to a search fee of Shillings 1000 for personal information from the National register. Recently, the National Identification and Registration Authority announced plans to start replacing lost National IDs at their district offices. Initially, all replacements were being handled at Kololo Airstrip in Kampala.
 
 

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.