Pensioners To Be Paid Today
After days of uncertainty, thousands of pensioners are this week expected to receive two-month pension payments after the Ministry of Finance lifted its suspension of pay-outs following graft allegations.
According to Mr Jonas Tumwine, the principal communications officer, Ministry of Public Service, all pensioners will have their accounts credited today. “This money will be on their accounts today [Monday] because we have been waiting for clearance from the Ministry of Finance which we have now got,” Mr Tumwine said. He added: “Initially we had done our part and sent out the names to the Finance Ministry since no notice on the suspension had been given to us.”
About a month ago, Mr Keith Muhakanizi, the deputy secretary to the Treasury, announced a suspension of payment of pension until the system is cleaned of ghost pensioners.
However, sources that preferred remaining anonymous told Daily Monitor last week that the Finance Ministry did not formally notify the Public Service Ministry.
Attempts to get a comment from the Ministry of Finance on the latest development were futile as Mr Muhakanizi was not picking his phone calls. Ministry Spokesperson Jim Mugunga was also not available for comment.
The unlocking of the pension freeze will come as a huge relief to more than 63,000 former civil servants, including retired teachers, even as the police’s Criminal Investigations Directorate continues an investigation into how over Shs169 billion was paid out to ghost pensioners between 2009 and 2012.
Police last week revealed that more than Shs10b of the Shs169b was disbursed to ghost pensioners through Cairo International Bank between July and September 2012 while an investigation into payment of ghost pensioners was still ongoing.
Public Service is under the spotlight for suspected grand corruption in the pensions department,prompting President Museveni to send senior officials on forced leave.
Author: Moses Echodu
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