Gov’t to Eliminate ‘Ghosts’ in Nationwide Validation of Pensioners

Government is set to embark on an exercise to validate and create a pensioners database in a move aimed at reducing unauthentic claims and rid the pension system of its inefectiveness.

The Minister of Public Service, information pills Muruli Mukasa revealed on Monday that the census of pensioners and claimants will begin on February 13 to March 30 2017 across the country.

He said; “we want to come up with a register that is clean in order to establish the total number off valid pension and reduce invalid residual claims”.

The exercise which will be carried out at all district headquarters is estimated to cost Ush 930 million, link according to Minister Mukasa.

“The validation will also capture biometric details of the beneficiaries and estate administrators. Eventually, we shall link this information to the National Identification Register for faster, easier verification of pensioners in future,” he said during a press conference at Uganda Media Centre.

“It is free. Pensioners will only need a National Identification card.”

As of December 2016, Uganda had a total of 7,085 pensioners on the payroll which translates to Ush 249 billion per year. In 2015, government decided to decentralize pension management which meant that pensioners would be identified by their votes of retirement to guarantee continued payment.

Prior to this, the Ministry of Public Service had integrated the pension payroll into a single system. However a total of 2,181 records worth Ush 997 million per month have not been verified yet.


In addition to eliminating ‘ghost’ beneficiaries, the Minister said the validation will put to rest the burden of pensioners walking long distances in pursuit of their benefits.

“Pending queries, claims follow ups, bank details and updates on pension related issues will also be handled during the exercise.”

According to Catherine Bitarakwate the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Public Service, the validation for pensioners who work in the central region and are unable to go to their districts for the exercise, will be conducted at the National Archives Centre starting March 20 to March 24.

There will also be a special program to validate foreign pensioners through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at a later date.

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