Parliament has directed government to explain the continued delays in payment of pension arrears to former civil servants.
The directive from the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga stems from various complaints from legislators who raised the concerns regarding the non-payment of pensions to retired civil servants.
The matter was brought to the fore by Opposition Chief Whip, Cecilia Ogwal who noted that in spite of similar complaints raised in the House about three months ago, nothing had been done.
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In response, Minister for Public Service, Henry Kajura explained that the process of payments was decentralised and districts are mandated to make payments on time.
His explanation drew protests from legislators, who accused the ministry of being complacent in handling the matter.
Dr. Medard Bitekyerezo, Mbarara Municipality MP says the problem of processing the files remains a major issue that should be addressed.
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State Minister of Finance, David Bahati apologised to the House for the delays in payments. He however blamed the districts for failing to pay out the 89 billion shillings released by government, on grounds that they needed to verify the recipients of the funds before making payouts.
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Kadaga tasked the Ministries of Public Service and Finance to come up with a statement on the status of payments in each district on Wednesday, singling out those that have not done so.