Pension Scam: Two Presidential Chauffeurs Miss Payment

Two of President Yoweri Museveni’s drivers are some of the victims of the scam in which pensioners lost billions of shillings to Ministry of Public Service staff.

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Two Presidential chauffeurs are among the hundreds of pensioners who have lost their money in the pension scam. Celestine Higiro and Godfrey Kisembo should have received their money in 2000 but have not received a penny to date. The duo recorded statements at the Directorate of the Criminal Investigations on Friday on the theft of their money. Kisembo who is currently on a two year renewable contract, says that he become a Presidential chauffeur during the Obote II regime. He however, says that he was shocked when his name appeared on the list of ghost pensioners. Kisembo says despite the fact that his photo and name appeared on the list, he has never received the 59 million shillings that was allegedly paid to him.

His colleague Celestine Higiro became a Presidential chauffeur during the regime of Idd Amin, the former head of state. Higiro explains that they have been trying to access their pension money in vain. He explains that their attempts to inquire about their money from the public service ministry only yield insults from officials in the pension office. Higiro says that 79 million shillings was allegedly released as his pension but it didn’t reach his account in Cairo Bank. However, records obtained by police show that the two Presidential chauffeurs have received their pension. Higiro says that he had planned to use the money to start a farm to retire too but all that has been lost.

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Higiro prays that government reimburses his money so that he does not appear to have wasted all his 30 years as a Presidential chauffeur in vain. Police is still investigating circumstances under which the two Presidential chauffeur and several other pensioners lost their pension.