Uganda is making iris biometrics part of its new national digital ID


by Rhoda Wilson, Expose News:

Uganda is making iris biometrics part of its new national digital identity card.  It serves not just as an added layer of “security” but also as an alternative for people who do not have fingerprints that can be matched.

During a recent parliamentary briefing, Rosemary Kisembo, the Executive Director of the National Identification and Registration Authority of Uganda (“NIRA”), responded to questions about issues raised in the Auditor General’s 2022/2023 report.


Rosemary Kisembo is a Ugandan software engineer and corporate executive who has served as the Executive Director of the National Identification and Registration Authority of Uganda (NIRA) since 14 May 2021. She is an ambassador for ID4Africa, a “movement” that aims to help African nations achieve the objectives of the United Nations (“UN”) Sustainable Development Goal 16.9.

ID4Africa’s foundation partners are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s Omidyar Network.  Its development partner is the World Bank, a specialised agency of the UN, and its thematic partner is Mastercard.

It is claimed that ID4Africa is not directly part of Identification for Development (“ID4D”) and is a regional movement that focuses on digital identity development in Africa.  However, ID4Africa aligns with the global ID4D agenda and its goals and has common orchestrators.

ID4D is a World Bank initiative which focuses on promoting digital identification systems, globally. You can see how far this nefarious plan has progressed in various countries HERE.  In a report released in 2018 by the World Bank titled ‘ID4D Country Diagnostic: Uganda’ the World Bank stated: “The work of ID4D is made possible with support from World Bank Group, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Omidyar Network, and the Australian Government.”

A more recent report – the ‘World Bank’s Annual Report for 2023’ published in March this year – showcased the significant progress made by ID4D and its ugly sister the Digitalising Government to Person Payments (“G2Px”) initiative and named the collaborators.

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Kisembo’s ambassadorship of ID4Africa, and by extension the Bill Gates-World Bank ID4D initiative, indicates why she was chosen to head NIRA and what is lurking behind the agenda.  Bearing this in mind, let’s return to the recent Ugandan parliamentary briefing.

According to the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (“UBC”), Kisembo stated that there are currently 1 million people in NIRA’s register whose fingerprints did not satisfy the requirements. However, the authority also uses facial recognition to capture biometric data. So, NIRA will start incorporating iris scans in capturing biometric data for people registering to acquire national identities (“IDs”).

NIRA had announced its intention to add iris biometrics to the national ID card, produced in partnership with Veridos, early this year.

According to Kisembo, face and iris biometrics will be collected from persons who have lost their vital fingerprint features either due to ageing, injury, permanent disabilities, or other physical conditions that make the capture of one’s fingerprints difficult or impossible. This was part of her response to a question on why verification machines have been unable to recognise some people’s fingerprints. She mentioned that about one million fingerprint records in the registry are no longer recognisable.

As well as government subsidies, NIRA collects revenue through various means to support its operations and services:

  • Registration fees from National Identification Number (“NIN”) registration, National Identity Card registration and Replacement of lost or damaged identity cards.
  • Fees for services such as verification of identity documents and Issuance of duplicate identity cards.
  • Other fees such as from the sale of identity cards to non-citizens and fees for the provision of identity verification services to government agencies and private organisations.

They are making people pay for the system that will enslave them.

Showing no signs of shame, during the parliamentary briefing, lawmakers sought an explanation on why just about half of the 15 billion Ugandan shillings (£3.2 million) expected as non-tax revenue from NIRA in the 2022/2023 fiscal year was collected.

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