A 58-year-old South Sudanese national has been fined 1.5 million Ugandan shillings for illegally possessing a Ugandan national ID.
According to the prosecution, in 2018 Huda presented herself as a Nubian by tribe for purposes of acquiring a Ugandan passport while using a national ID for Ugandans whereas not.
In court, Huda pleaded guilty to the charges and was accordingly convicted.
The prosecution asked court for a deterrent sentence, saying that the cases of foreigners coming to Uganda to acquire identity documents illegally are rampant.
Huda was remorseful and told court that she had not acquired the ID for illegal purposes, but because she never wanted to return to her country since she has relatives in Kampala.
When the magistrate asked her why she had obtained the card, Huda noted that she had been told that a Ugandan identification card can easily be acquired by foreigners.
Kamasanyu chose to sentence Huda to a fine of Shs 1.5 million and with an alternative that failure to do so, she will be jailed for one year.
“You were remorseful but such offenses have been rampant. Many foreigners go to the national identification cards office to get them.
But it’s wrong. It has to stop.