Uganda’s former Minister of Finance Syda Bbumba has been named as one of the persons involved in contracting a German company in investigations into the stalled National ID project saga.
In 2010, German company Muhlbauer was contracted to produce national identity cards at a tune of 64 million Euros (USh300 billion).
Bbumba’s name came up after the Internal Affairs ministry Permanent Secretary Stephen Kagoda produced a letter she had signed.
This comes a month after the government ordered for fresh nation-wide registration of all Ugandans and suspended issuance of national identity cards.
Suspension of the project was the latest in a string of procurement controversies surrounding the deal awarded to the German company on the orders of President Museveni in 2010.
Early this week, Uganda’s Internal Affairs Minister General Aronda Nyakairima dismissed allegations by Hon. Muwanga Kivumbi that the National ID project’s hidden agenda is to enable the ruling government rig the 2016 general elections.
Aronda defended the project and pointed out that the exercise had been designed nationally by Parliament and Cabinet in order to register nationals. He explained that the intent of the exercise was to ensure all Ugandans can be identified by an ID.