Ministers Aronda, Baba Hit Back at Immigration Board

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But in his response, Aronda dismissed the concerns of Nyakaisiki describing them as wild talk and individualized.

General Aronda Nyakairima, the Internal Affairs Minister has hit back at the board of the immigration directorate describing the members as dishonest and insincere. Aronda said this while appearing before the Defense and Internal Affairs committee alongside his junior minister James Baba and Internal Affairs Permanent Secretary Steven Kagoda, which scrutinizing the Registration of Persons Bill, 2014.
 
The minister was summoned by the committee to defend accusations by the board of the immigration directorate that his proposal to establish an independent authority to see the registrations of person was intended to usurp the constitutional mandate of the Immigration directorate. It came after officials from the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigrations Controlled by Beatrice Byenkya Nyakaisiki, the Acting Chairperson of the Immigration board opposed the proposal to establish an independent authority under a new board to oversee the registrations of persons.
 
The officials also accused Aronda of poor work methods. Nyakaisiki asked parliament to disregard the bill saying her board was never consulted.  The bill proposes the estavlishment of an independent authority to coordinate all the data collected during registration of persons. However, the immigration board says this would amount to duplication of services and unconstitutional transfer of powers. But in his response, Aronda dismissed the concerns of Nyakaisiki describing them as wild talk and individualized.
 
He said whoever talks outside the multi-sectoral approach is an individual and is in the wilderness adding that, they have an elaborate structure to take care of dispute, but in this case the matter was not raised.

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James Baba, the Internal Affairs Minister said the disagreement between the Immigrations Board and Ministry stems from calling meetings on short notice. He said the record of the acting board chairperson was well known; adding that she has been fighting the First Deputy Prime Minister for the last 30 years without success and now thinks she can take on a celebrated general.
 
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The Permanent Secretary Steven Kagoda told the Committee that the Board officials were being insincere since they have been involved in all stages on creation of the Registration of Persons Bill.


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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

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