The Ministry of Education and Sports has set July 28, 2017 as the final date for verifying pensioners since the grace period of two months which was granted to have all missing pensioners appear for validation has elapsed.
“The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Sports informs all pensioners who were not validated by Ministry of Public Service that the grace period of two months which was granted to have all missing pensioners appear for validation has elapsed,” reads part of the statement by Alex Kakooza the permanent secretary.
In the notice, the ministry advises “all concerned pensioners to report to the Ministry Of Education and Sports Headquarters Plot 9/11, King George VI Ways, Embassy House for clearance before proceeding to Ministry of Public Service for validation.”
“Failure to appear to the Ministry by 28th July, 2017 will trigger deletion of the affected record from the pension payroll with effect from 1st August,” the notice further states.
The list from the ministry of Public Service has 693 invalidated pensioners.
To the Ministry Of Education and Sports Headquarters, unverified pensioners are required to come along with the following; National ID Bank Statement, Appointment Letters, Letter of confirmation Letter(s) of promotion (if any), Letter of retirement Death Certificate (where applicable), Letters of Administration (where applicable) and Written explanation why you missed validation exercise.
The Ministry of Public Service rolled out a pensioner verification and census exercise throughout the country in March.
The exercise initially supposed to last two weeks, according to the Ministry’s Under Secretary Emmanuel Mugunga was intended to weed out ghost pensioners as well as validating the list of former government workers.
In the financial years 2010/11 and 2011/12, government lost Shs88.2 billion in a scam where ghost pensioners were paid under the eyes of public service ministry officials.
Later, some of these officials including Jimmy Lwamafa, the former Permanent Secretary, Christopher Obey (former principal accountant) Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa, the former director research and development were convicted and sentenced for causing loss to government.
Below is the list of the invalidated pensioners.