Government Workers To Miss Salaries Over National IDs

Government workers that missed the national ID registration exercise or have not had their IDs produced will not get their salaries starting next year.

Minister of Finance Planning and Economic Development Hon Maria Kiwanuka made the pronouncement at a press conference.

The national enrollment exercise closed earlier this week,  with about 15million Ugandans registered,  albeit persistent speculation that many others were not registered.

The minister announced that starting next Financial Year,  only registered civil servants with National IDs will be included on the government payroll and therefore entitled to salaries.

“I would like to commend the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the progress on provision of national IDs,” said the Minister.

“I therefore take this opportunity to inform all civil servants that inclusion on the payroll and thus payment of salaries starting next Financial Year will be conditional on being registered and having a national ID.”

The minister was presenting the National Half Year Fiscal Performance and the overall economic outlook.

Mrs Kiwanuka further announced that funding capitation grants for UPE and USE schools would also be linked to National IDs by “ensuring that all pupils are synchronized with the ID numbers of their parents.”

The National enrollment exercise which closed last Sunday with many people still lining up, according to reports, will not be resumed until 2016 after the general elections.

Of the 15million Ugandans registered, only 100,000 had received their cards by the close of last month.

Several stakeholders have decried government’s decision to close the enrolment exercise, saying that a number Ugandans would go without national identity cards.

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) described the decision by Internal Affairs Ministry as illegal, since it wasn’t guided by the law.

The Pensions and Registration Bill which provides for issuance of National Identify cards is yet to be passed by Parliament.

Meanwhile Minister Kiwanuka revealed at the Press conference that by the end of the first half of this fiscal year, about 48.8% [6.3 trillion] of the approved budget had been released for expenditure. Out of this, 5.59 trillion [88.9%] was spent.

The Uganda Revenue Authority under the new leadership of Doris Akol had managed cumulative revenue collection of Sh 4.568 trillion, against the target of 4.544 trillion, there by exceeding the target by 24 billion.


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