Public Service Ministry Grilled Over Pension For Teachers
For a second day running, the Ministry of Public Service has come under scrutiny over irregularities in payment of pension arrears. The ministry officials, who appeared before the Public Accounts Committee on November 17, 2016 were grilled over diversion of pension funds meant for payment to teachers to the army.
The committee learnt that the funds totaling Ugx 3.8 billion shillings were diverted to clear military officials, without clear explanation.
Several legislators, including the committee vice chairman and Ntungamo Municipality MP, Gerald Karuhanga, wondered how the ministry sanctioned the diversion, which in effect affected payments to the teachers.
In response, Adah Muwanga, the ministry’s Human Resource Director explained that this is not the first time that the diversions have been made. Muwanga stated that in some instances, the ministry has diverted money meant for pension payments for army officers to the teachers.
During the same meeting, MPs also brought up a query from the Auditor General’s report ending June 2015, questioning the payment of Shs 11 billion shillings to ghost pensioners.
In response, Muwanga told the committee that the money was not lost, stating that it could have been an error captured in the old pension payment system they inherited from the old ministry’s leadership.