Speaking on Wednesday at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala, Judith Nabakooba the Minister in charge of ICT and National Guidance said Cabinet directed the Auditor General to carry out evaluations to see who is eligible.
Cabinet has approved a proposal by the Ministry of ICT and National
Guidance to pay pension to former employees of the now-defunct Uganda Posts and
Speaking on Wednesday at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala,
Judith Nabakooba the Minister in charge of ICT and National Guidance said
Cabinet directed the Auditor General to carry out evaluations to see who is
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Nabakooba called on all the former employees or their survivors to
go to her ministry with evidence to show that they have ever worked with UPTC
so that their payments can be processed. The minister however couldn’t
explicitly say how many people or how much money the government is going to
spend on payment.
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In 1997, the government merged the UPTC into several entities that include; Posta Uganda,
Uganda Telecommunications Limited, Post Bank and Uganda Communication
Most of the employees who used to work with UPTC then were
absorbed by the successor companies. However, although they had an internal
pension scheme known as the Uganda Communication employees contributory pension
scheme, they were never paid their pension by the successor companies claiming
that they did not have money.
In 2003, the former employees dragged the successor companies to
court demanding that they be paid.
The High Court ruled in their favour but the companies except UCC
and Post Bank appealed the ruling. In 2018, the Court of Appeal ruled in the
employees’ favour forcing Posta Uganda and Uganda Telecommunication to seek
assistance from the government.
“The majority of the employees had joined Posta and UTL but with
an amount payable estimated to be 77 Billion Shillings wasn’t affordable,” Nabakooba