The Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee is probing another ghost pensioners paid a tune of 12.7 billion shillings by the officials in the ministry of public service.
MPs on the committee chaired by Soroti district Woman Member of Parliament, Angeline Ossege, while meeting the officials from the ministry of public service led by the ministry’s permanent secretary, Catherine Musingwire, discovered this through the Auditor general’s report for the financial year 2013/14 that a total of 19,135 pensioners who had attained the maximum pensionable period of 15 years were still on the ministry of public service payroll and earning monthly pension yet they had not furnished the ministry with life certificates.
MPs who included the Member of Parliament for Ntungamo district, Gerald Karuhanga and Angelline Ossege wondered whether all the pensioners paid were still alive suspecting that there could have been ghosts who benefited.
MPs queried the officials especially the Director Human Resource, Aidah Muwanga Kabarokole and the assistant commissioner in charge of compensation, Victor Buwaleka, on what stopped them from verifying for the right pensioners using the life certificates before effecting payments.
The Member of Parliament for Masaka Municipality, Matthias Mpuuga, was angry over this questionable payment to suspicious ghost pensioners when the right pensioners are frequently made to go to the pension office to be paid.
While responding to MP’s concerns over the suspicious ghost pensioner’s payment, Kabarokole, said that though MPs are suspecting payment to ghost pensioners but the ministry conducted the payment using available proper records.
MPs told the ministry of public to avail the list of life certificates they claim to have used to effect this doubtful pension to pensioners.