Hussein Kato, the Luweero District Finance Secretary, says each councilor was entitled to Shillings 35,000. He however, says a 30 percent levy was imposed on the money leaving each councilor with Shillings 24,500 per month.
Richard Odongo, the project site engineer confirms they have run short of funds to proceed with the project works, arguing that the Municipality has since May delayed their payments despite several certificates of payments submitted to the municipal Town clerk.
The money was part of the funds released by the Ministry of Finance in April to finance activities for the fourth quarter of the financial year 2017/18. But Luweero District submissions were rejected due to errors. The money was subsequently sent back to the consolidated fund when the financial year ended.
Public officers or pensioners who do not have the National Identification Card will not be paid salaries, according to a directive from government. The Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development has directed the Ministry of Public Service to ensure that with effect from August 2017, no public officer or pensioner without a National Identification Number or NIN is paid salary.
Richard Ssembajjwe, the chairperson National Teachers Union-Luweero branch says there is a strong possibility that some of the affected staff are ghost workers. He says there are several people who access the payroll in Luweero yet they are deployed in other districts.
Benjamin Makanga, the Nakaseke District Works and Technical Service Secretary, says they couldnt work on most of the roads ahead of the rain season because budget cuts. He explains that they only received Shillings 24 million out of the Shillings 159 million they expected from the Finance, Planning and Economics Development Ministry in the last quarter.
Bernard Okello, the Luweero District Human Resource Officer says the civil servants were not paid because by time the district submitted their names for payment, the Finance Ministry hadnt yet received money for the new financial year.
The automated-integrated system procured from a yet to be known Chinese firm, cost up to Ugx 28 billion. Kadaga is optimistic that the gadgets, once installed, will improve security within the precincts of parliament and put an end to thwarting checks that visitors especially women are subjected to.
In an extract from the 2012/2013 financial year report, the Auditor General notes that during the year under review, several Ministries, Departments and Agencies continued with the practice of paying periodic consolidated allowances to staff without any proper justification.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has this morning deferred a heated debate on the plight of teachers in regard to their salary increment of 20% to next week. In her ruling she also directed that the Finance Ministry co-operates with Parliamentâ€™s Budget committee in the process.
Residents and local leaders in Luweero have condemned the newly proposed value added tax on fuel and Water describing the government as insensitive to the poor. In her Budget speech on Thursday, Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka reinstated the 200 shillings excise duty on every litre of kerosene 50 shillings on every litre of petrol and diesel. She also instituted value added tax (VAT) on domestic water.
While making the announcement, Minister of State for Investment Ajedra Gabriel said the 74 entities were issued up to 184 hectares of land but have never taken any action beyond acknowledging the offers.