URN has established that the workers’ salaries have been cut without their knowledge and consent since April 2021.
Lwengo district headquarters sign post
Winston Muramira, the Lwengo Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and the Senior
Human Resource Manager, Florence Namaganda are in trouble for instigating a
fraudulent medical insurance scheme through which, salaries of unsuspecting
civil servants are secretly deducted.
least more than 300 civil servants, mainly primary school teachers and
health workers at different levels are victims of the said scheme. URN
has established that the workers’
salaries have been cut without their knowledge
and consent since April 2021. The two officials entered an
agreement with International Medical Link (IML) without the approval of the
workers and their heads of department.
result, the insurance company would deduct between Shillings 35,000 and above
from the worker’s account monthly, without any clear explanation from the CAO
and Human Resource office. The affected workers accused the duo of signing a Memorandum
of Understanding (MoU) with the insurance company without their involvement and
Doreen Ankunda, the Lwengo District Education
Officer, says that she had registered several complaints from the affected
teachers. She says that the teachers want their
money refunded immediately, a task, which the
two officials are struggling to fulfil.
Birimuye, the Lwengo LC 5 Vice-chairman, confirmed the anomaly, saying the
affected workers have been complaining since May. He says that they have advised
affected group to lodge a formal complaint to
the office CAO and copy the LC V
chairperson for close follow-up by the district
Although Namaganda (HR) is involved in the mess,
she says the CAO is responsible for every detail of what happened because he signed
the MOU with Joshua Buyinza, the insurance company representative. Buyinza
declined to comment
on the matter and referred us to Muramira, saying
he has the detailed documentation about the said scheme. Muramira declined to comment
on the matter and asked our reporter to drop it.
civil servants have already hired a lawyer to handle the matter on their
behalf. Allan Musaasire from Katembeko & Co. Advocates in Mbarara, says that
they have been contacted by the affected civil servants, adding that they
are engaging the Lwengo District leadership to intervene and rectify the
irregularities before they take legal action.
He says that preliminary findings
indicate that the CAO and Human Resource Manager have been getting commissions from
every person whose salary was being deducted. According to Musaasire, it is an illegality
and infringement on the rights of the affected workers and should stop