Last Updated on: 19th November 2023, 05:22 pm
Kampala I On November 15, 2023, the Deputy Head of the Civil Division, Justice Emmanuel Baguma presided over the swearing-in ceremony of four newly appointed members of the National Citizenship and Immigration Board (NCIB).
The function took place at the Civil Division in Kampala.
Hon. Beatrice Catherine Lagada took oath as Deputy Chairperson of the board while Rtd. Justice Lameck N. Mukasa, Col. Don Mugimba, and Hon. Nassur Gaddafi were sworn in as members.
Justice Baguma who acted on behalf of Chief Justice, Alfonse Owiny Dollo, expressed his confidence in the members and their ability to serve the country, urging them to serve with “humility and integrity” and “adhere to the oath” as they perform their duties.
“Let your actions and the good service you are going to render speak for you,” he added.
The Justice also encouraged members to always consult and to address challenges as a team and wants them (members) to be remembered for their positive contributions.
The Minister for Internal Affairs, Maj. Gen Kahinda Otafiire emphasized the crucial security role the Board plays in guarding citizens and securing borders.
Minister Otafiire also encouraged the new members to acknowledge Ugandans born abroad and to base decisions on the national interests of Uganda, further encouraging members to cultivate teamwork, consult; embrace decision-making and learn from mistakes.
He emphasized the importance of correction in continuous improvement.
The Chairperson of NCIB, Justice Albert Rugadya Atwooki welcomed the new members, saying the appointment will help in addressing the staffing gaps on the board and pledged to continue fulfilling the obligations and duties of the Board.
“Presently, I am into corporate governance, providing leadership on a few Board, the latest being on the Board of National Citizenship and Immigration Control, Ministry of Internal Affairs,” Deputy Chairperson of NCIB Beatrice Lagada tells tndNews at the weekend.
On October 12, 2023, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Thomas Tayebwa chaired Parliament’s Committee on Appointments to vet the above Presidential nominees for NCIB.
“The Committee will communicate its decision to the appointing authority,” Tayebwa said.
NCIB is responsible for registering and issuing national identity cards to Ugandan citizens as well as issuing passports and other travel documents. Also, it plays a key role in granting and cancelling immigration permits, among other mandates.