Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Members of Parliament (MPs) on the Defence and Internal Affairs Committee have today, Wednesday 28th September, 2016 visited the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCIC) at its Headquarters on Jinja Road. This was in a familiarization tour meant to acquaint them with the various facilities offered by the Directorate. The MPs, led by the Chairperson of the Committee Hon. Judith Nabakooba were first taken through a tour of the Immigration Control Department’s facilities by the Acting Commissioner Immigration Control Mr. Wilberforce Ngonde and Mr. Benon Mujuni, the assistant commissioner. The MPs went to the Information Desk handled by Public Relations Immigration Officers as well as the Public Relations office itself. They were also taken through the new E-Visa Application system; from the application process to the time an applicant comes to pick the facility they applied for. They met various officers handling the various stages in the process. The Passport Control Officer Mr. Muraali Moses then led the committee through the processes and facilities of the Citizenship and Passport Control Department. They were taken to the Express passport section, saw the receiving officers in action, and went to the delivery section as well as visiting the registry among other places relevant to the department.

They engaged with members of the Public who had come to apply for passports who described their experience at Immigration as “Very efficient and professional”. They were also taken through the Legal and Inspection department by the Assistant Commissioner of Legal and Inspections Mr. Ludovic Kamugisha and Head of Inspection, Mr. Simon Mundeyi. They interacted with officers in the department and were enlightened about the roles and activities of the department. The day winded up with an interaction between the MPs and members of the National Citizenship and Immigration Board (NCIB) in the Immigration Board Room as well as other top officers from DCIC. Here they discussed various issues concerning Immigration, asked questions and shared challenges and also the way forward.