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By Moses Alinda

ARUA: Arua city council is planning to install biometric systems in all the government facilities within the city.

This was revealed by Arua city clerk Paul Batanda while addressing the stakeholders early this week during the budget conference at desert breeze hotel in Arua city.

Batanda says the biometric system will help to solve issues of absenteeism of civil servants at their various work places.

He further says it will also help them to track the records of the performance of the civil servants so that action is taken.

Feni Twaibu the chief executive officer westnile civil society network says if installed it will curb the challenges of absenteeism which is rampant in government offices.

He said some of the staff do not go to their work station which makes Uganda lose a lot of money in the time paid when the workers are not at their duty stations.


He also encouraged the other districts to learn from what Arua city is planning to do so that they curb the vice.

Similarly, Mercy Monica Ocotoko the disability inclusion facilitator at women effort for inclusive development says the idea will help to promote service delivery however she is worried about the operators who may infiltrate them since they are to be operated by human beings who may become culprits.

A biometric is a device based on technology that can identify a person using their unique features such as fingerprints, partners among others.

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