The UPDF First Division Spokesperson, Maj Charles Kabona explained that the exercise seeks to verify the veterans and their survivors. Upon completion of the exercise, a file will be opened for each of the persons to ensure that they or their children or relatives can receive their payments.
Veterans and relatives of deceased soldiers lining up for verification exercise at Wakiso District Headquarters
Hundreds of people comprising of
retired soldiers and relatives of deceased soldiers have turned up at Wakiso
District headquarters for the verification of the authenticity of the documents
to ease the payment of pension and gratuity for ex-servicemen.
The UPDF First Division
Spokesperson, Maj Charles Kabona explained that the exercise seeks to verify
the veterans and their survivors. Upon completion of the exercise, a file will
be opened for each of the persons to ensure that they or their children or relatives
can receive their payments.
“We are here to document those
who are already on the payroll and those who have never been there and also see
those who were documented sometime back but never got the money to see if there
was a gap like missing documents,” he said.
Last year, the Ministry of
Defence and Veteran Affairs launched a verification exercise of the UPDF
Veterans, their survivors and widows, a drive aimed at ensuring payroll
integrity for smooth payment of pensions and gratuity. The drive is targeting at least 68,000
veterans, among those who retired from active service and went back home with a
discharge certificate, and family members who have been receiving money on behalf
of fallen officers and men.
“We shall see them physically, verify them and
go back home. In case we do not see you, it means the veteran is not alive and
the widow is not alive. Therefore, there is another likelihood of taking
another decision that this person went to Wakiso but he is not there,” Maj
Maj Kabona explained that in case
a veteran is dead, family members, survivors, and or the widow, can claim for
the benefits of the fallen ex-soldier, and those who haven’t received payments
yet will be assisted to create accounts so that they start accessing their
benefits. However, all of the categories
must present proper documents like letters of administration, discharge books,
National Identity cards, Local council letters, family minutes and court
“For those who died as
pensioners, the army shall calculate to ensure that some money can continue
helping their children and family after death. Some of those who came sometime
back are getting the money but if the soldier died while in active service and
you do not get any benefit that is why we are here,” he added.
According to Maj Kabona, another
group being verified are the ex-servicemen who served in World War II,
those who served in Uganda Army under the Iddi Amin regime, those who served under
the Uganda National Liberation Army between 1981 -1985. These however will only
receive a one-off package.
The verification exercise for
East Buganda Region started from Nakasongola, Luwero, Nakaseke, Mityana and
will end in Wakiso district later today.