Ankole opposes decentralisation of gratuity payment

MBARARA- Retired civil servants in Ankole have expressed concern over government’s plan to decentralise gratuity payment for retired workers.
According to the retired civil servants, government did not consult them on the changes.

This concern follows a media notice last month asking local government accounting officers to submit details of staff that have retired to facilitate decentralisation of gratuity payments.

Ankole Region Pensioners Association (ARPA) at a recent meeting said they would write to the Ministry of Finance with a view to address their concerns before implementing its plan.

“While we appreciate government’s policy of decentraliaation of services to local governments, we are categorically opposed as pensioners to be decentralised because at the time of retirement we were asked how we would want to be paid,” Mr Pius Batarinyebwa, the chairperson of ARPA, said in an interview with Daily Monitor last Friday.

He said they are worried of corrupt tendencies at districts, irregular payments, lack of pay slips, and diversion of pension funds to the so-called priority areas and omission of names of recipients.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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