Government gears to pay off Military Veterans’ Payrolls.
Written by Derrick Asaba on January 4, 2022
With numerous backlog cases of Military Veterans and beneficiaries standing, the government has revealed a plan to pay their pensions and gratuities.
Since the commencement of this payment exercise, 11,000 (16.2%) out of an expected number of 68,000 backlog cases have received their payment.
Through the Ministry of Defence and Veteran affairs, the government is once again embarking on a country wide exercise in a bid to verify the Military Veterans’ payroll.
Speaking at a Press Briefing in Kampala, the Minister of State for Defence and Veteran Affairs, Hajjat Abason Oleru Huda said that the exercise will equally target all Veterans and Estate Administrators as well as widows and widowers already receiving monthly pension.
“This process is geared towards updating records to ensure payroll integrity, for smooth payment of pensions and gratuities to the Military veterans or survivors who have not yet received payment from the government,” Huda added.
This exercise is slated for January 17 to February 4, 2022 and will be supported by the office of the Resident District Commissioner (RDC), the District Internal Security Office, the office of Local Council 5 Chairperson, of the various districts in collaboration with the various local governments and the Judiciary/Magistrates.
To ease the exercise, ten Zones have been created countrywide and a team from the Ministry of Defence and Veteran affairs will visit each district.
“The dates of their visit to the various districts and lists of affected persons will be displayed at the district and Sub County headquarters by January 7,” Huda clarified.
Those who have not registered and obtained National Identity Cards have been encouraged to take advantage of the ongoing registration and issuance of National IDs or obtain letter confirming registration from the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA).
Those whose bank accounts are dormant are equally encouraged to visit their local branch offices to ensure that the accounts are functional.