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UGANDAN GOVT LACKS 1.2 TRILLION SHILLINGS NEEDED TO PAY PENSIONS TO RETIRED EMPLOYEES

KAMPALA, The Ugandan government lacks the 1.2 trillion shillingfs (about 333 million US dollars) it needs to pay pensions to its workers who have since retired from public service over the years, according the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee onPublic Service and Local Government, Raphael Magyezi.

Out of the 1.2 trillion shillings required to clear the arrears in pension payments, which have been accumulating over the years, only 121 billion shillings, have been provided to settle the arrears, during the coming 2017/18 fiscal year, the Igara West member of Parlianment says .

It was learnt that after the recent verification exercise, the arrears of pension, stood at 1.2 trillion shillings and according to the final Budget call circular issued by the ministry of finance for the financial year 2017/18, only s21b, has been provided by finance to clear some of the arrears, leaving a huge amount of money as outstanding payment, he added.

Magyezi stated this Thursday when he presented the committee's report on ministerial policy statement, for the ministry of public service, to Parliament, for consideration.

Recently, the ministry of public service embarked on a validation exercise for all retired civil servants, who include doctors, teachers, and former local government workers, among others, where more than 60,000 ex-civil servants were registered.

In its report, the committee recommended that the government provides all the required money, to clear the arrears.

Debating the report, the MPs expressed concern that the delay to clear the arrears may deny the senior citizens an opportunity to enjoy their retirement benefits.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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