Parliament Uncovers Rot in Public Service


stuff http://cosmeticluxus.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-importer.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>The Select Committee, http://cherrylanefarms.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.jetpack-sync.php which was set up in May 2014 to review recommendations made by the Committee on Public Service on salary anomalies in the civil service said, “Sector ministries did not know the actual number of workers under their respective sectors.”

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Similarly, the Committee observed and confirmed the existence of ‘ghost’ employees on the payrolls of various institutions.

The Committee said the Ministries of Health, Education and Sports and of Internal Affairs did not know the number of health workers, teachers and Police officers in their ministries respectively.

“They only use estimate figures to budget for the wage bill. As a result, some votes had wage bill surpluses while others are in deficit,” said Hon. Raphael Magyezi, the Committee Chairperson, who presented the Report to Parliament on Wednesday.

“The Committee was informed that this was the reason why some staff were unpaid.”

The Committee was however surprised that even in Ministries registering salary arrears, Accounting Officers had requested the Treasury to reallocate funds for wages to cover non wage items, including the Ministry of Local Government, which requested to reallocate Shs 700m to finance rent and the Commonwealth Conference debts; and the Uganda Police headquarters which requested for the reallocation of UShs 5.5b to finance the construction of a camp site at Bujagali.

“There were instances where more than one employee shared the same bank account number which is an indication of possible connivance by commercial banks with some civil servants,” said Hon. Magyezi.

In order to eliminate ‘ghosts,’ the Committee recommended that the Auditor General submits the 100 percent cleaned up payroll to Parliament by August 30, 2014; and that the Ministry of Public Service adopts the cleaned up payroll database as verified by the Auditor General as soon as it’s availed.


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