The Internal Affairs minister, Gen Aronda Nyakairima, is only implementing policy proposals which were agreed upon long before he took up his appointment, the ministry spokesperson, Pamela Ankunda, has said.
Last week, members of the National Citizenship and Immigration Board complained to Parliament’s committee on Defence and Internal Affairs about the former army chief’s leadership style.
The officials disowned the contents of the newly-introduced Registration of Persons Bill 2014 and described their working relationship with Aronda as far from rosy.
“The public should know that as citizenship board, we were neither informed nor consulted on the way how the national Registration of Persons Bill was drafted,” said Beatrice Byenkya, the chairperson of the board.
“We just saw it on the floor of Parliament. We waited to get a copy from [Aronda] in vain. We have just seen its copy now, three weeks or a month since its first reading, but to our surprise it contains clauses which we wouldn’t expect to be included in this bill.”
But speaking to The Observer on Friday, Ms Ankunda defended her minister: “Any minister gives policy direction and Gen Aronda is fulfilling his mandate and there is a background to this. Cabinet recognised the need of an integrated system to identify citizens for different reasons and most importantly to curb the duplication of efforts, wastage of resources and inconveniencing the public as far back as 2004.”
On hearing these allegations, MPs on the committee resolved to summon Nyakairima to appear before them tomorrow [Tuesday] to explain himself.
Source : The Observer