There is no official national register of pensioners in the country of Uganda

The ministry of Public Service says many pensioners do not show up for verification hence leading to delays in payment of their monthly dues and the once off gratuity. Courtesy photo

By Nelson Wesonga

Kampala

Government says it does not have records of pensioners due to “lack of data and personal files.”

According to the ministry of Public Service, many pensioners do not show up for verification thus leading to delays in payment of their monthly dues and the once off gratuity.

The State minister for Public Service, Mr David Karubanga told MPs during plenary that the ministry will, carry out a census and biometric validation of pensioners starting February 20.

“The ministry of Public Service does not have a national register of pensioners,” Mr Karubanga said yesterday.

“Despite the decentralisation of pension management, a number of votes [ministries] have not verified the records on the payroll.”

A day earlier, Aruu Member of Parliament, Odonga Otto had told the August House that many pensioners have not been paid for several months.

Many were, therefore, depending on their relatives – who already have other financial responsibilities – to pay their bills or to buy basics.

Those without relatives are borrowing items from shopkeepers.

Shopkeepers though can only lend them for a few months expecting to be paid once they get their gratuity.

Following Mr Odonga’s remarks, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga said the government was treating the senior citizens disrespectfully.

On Wednesday, Mr Karubanga also said the Public Service ministry had for the last four years not carried out verification of pensioners “due to funding shortage and lack of clear addresses" [of the pensioners].

The verification of the pensioners will be done between February 20 and March 24 at the district headquarters by Face Technologies.

According to Mr Karubanga, Face Technologies will do the work, which the ministry failed.

However, it is still not clear how much the ministry will pay the company.

Face Technologies is the company that processes driving permits for motorists.

Workers Members of Parliament Margaret Rwabushaija and the Erute Member of Parliament Jonathan Odur said the government should tell Ugandans when it would pay the pensioners all their arrears.

Mr Karubanga said payments are the responsibility of the Finance ministry.

All that Public Service does is to furnish the Finance ministry with the particulars of the claimants.



There is no official national register of pensioners in the country of Uganda

The ministry of Public Service says many pensioners do not show up for verification hence leading to delays in payment of their monthly dues and the once off gratuity. Courtesy photo

By Nelson Wesonga

Kampala

Government says it does not have records of pensioners due to “lack of data and personal files.”

According to the ministry of Public Service, many pensioners do not show up for verification thus leading to delays in payment of their monthly dues and the once off gratuity.

The State minister for Public Service, Mr David Karubanga told MPs during plenary that the ministry will, carry out a census and biometric validation of pensioners starting February 20.

“The ministry of Public Service does not have a national register of pensioners,” Mr Karubanga said yesterday.

“Despite the decentralisation of pension management, a number of votes [ministries] have not verified the records on the payroll.”

A day earlier, Aruu Member of Parliament, Odonga Otto had told the August House that many pensioners have not been paid for several months.

Many were, therefore, depending on their relatives – who already have other financial responsibilities – to pay their bills or to buy basics.

Those without relatives are borrowing items from shopkeepers.

Shopkeepers though can only lend them for a few months expecting to be paid once they get their gratuity.

Following Mr Odonga’s remarks, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga said the government was treating the senior citizens disrespectfully.

On Wednesday, Mr Karubanga also said the Public Service ministry had for the last four years not carried out verification of pensioners “due to funding shortage and lack of clear addresses" [of the pensioners].

The verification of the pensioners will be done between February 20 and March 24 at the district headquarters by Face Technologies.

According to Mr Karubanga, Face Technologies will do the work, which the ministry failed.

However, it is still not clear how much the ministry will pay the company.

Face Technologies is the company that processes driving permits for motorists.

Workers Members of Parliament Margaret Rwabushaija and the Erute Member of Parliament Jonathan Odur said the government should tell Ugandans when it would pay the pensioners all their arrears.

Mr Karubanga said payments are the responsibility of the Finance ministry.

All that Public Service does is to furnish the Finance ministry with the particulars of the claimants.



In Uganda, the Auditor General  has exposed a Shs2.7b pension fund theft, in the ministry of  Health: 

 

Speaking out.  The Ministry of Health Permanent

Speaking out. The Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Dr Diana Atwine. She says payment of pensions is managed by the Ministry of Public Service. Photo by Kelvin Atuhaire 

A pension scam has hit the ministry of Health with officials blamed for paying out about Shs2.7b to people reportedly not supposed to benefit, Saturday Monitor can reveal.
This newspaper has seen a copy of a draft internal audit report which indicates the money is likely to have been paid to non-existent pensioners.
The report covering the pensions and payroll for the Financial Year 2017/2018, and signed by Ms Annet Musiime, the assistant commissioner for Internal Audit, queries how Shs1.5b was paid to beneficiaries whose records are not on the pension payroll. 
The report also exposes a discrepancy between the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System pension data file and the Integrated Financial Management System.
“Audit, however, noted that payments to the tune of Shs1,589,517,109 were made to beneficiaries who did not have corresponding records on the IPPS pension payroll. This implies that there could have been manual intervention in between the two systems that led to payment of the said funds,” the report states.
The same report indicates that the Ministry of Health made payments of Shs1.1b to pensioners who had exceeded their pensionable period of 15 years and there is no record of life certificates for the beneficiaries. 
The pensions policies provide that a pensioner will benefit from the scheme for 15 years after his or her retirement and there must be certified evidence that they are still alive for them to continue receiving the money.
“This might have been caused by management failure to adhere to this requirement. Absence of evidence of continued existence of pensioners in form of life certificates to support pension payments may imply payments to non-existent pensioners,” the auditors noted. 
Although the pension scheme is managed by the Ministry of Public Service, the payments are recentralised so that the ministries in which the beneficiaries served are responsible for effecting payments.
The report also highlights the issue of maintenance of pensioners who never retired under the Ministry of Health. 
The auditors say of the 891 pensioners on the payroll, a total of 263 have respective votes where they retired from yet there is no information about where 119 pensioners belong. 
The auditors blamed the Health Ministry management for being reluctant to reconcile information from the Ministry of Public Service and the information on the files kept by the Health ministry, saying this poses a risk of paying non-existent pensioners.
Ms Musiime in her report says the audit process realised that the Health Ministry has not implemented enough preventative and detective procedures to mitigate the risk of errors and overpayments over pensions and payroll disbursements.
When contacted, the Health ministry permanent secretary (PS), Dr Diana Atwine, said she was not in position to comment on matters related to payment of pensions because the process is managed by the Ministry of Public Service.
“The best person to explain those issues is the PS of Public Service. Although it is recentralised, Public Service ministry makes sure they approve the payroll and then we pay,” Dr Atwine said.
Efforts to reach Ms Catherine Bitarakwate, the PS of Public Service, were futile as she neither answered nor returned our calls and messages to her known telephone contact.

 

 

 

 

 

The meaning of renting out land in The State of Buganda these days, is explained:

Discussion. Buganda prime minister Charles

Discussion. Buganda prime minister Charles Peter Mayiga (2nd right) interacts with MPs at Bulange-Mengo in Kampala after a meeting in April. PHOTO BY JAMES KABENGWA 

Kampala, State of Buganda: Buganda Land Board, the body charged with managing the kingdom’s land, says on its website that the six-months “promotional” campaign meant to issue leases to tenants on the land it manages – dubbed Kyapa Mungalo – is “optional”.
The five-point note on the website adds that “only those interested in elevating themselves from being kibanja holders to title holders and add value to their land are invited to respond” to the call, and that those who are unwilling or unable to embrace the call will remain kibanja holders subject to paying the statutory rental fees (busuulu) as determined by the central government.

During the promotional period, the note continues, premium costs of getting a 49-year lease will be cut by 70 per cent, and the lease agreement, a copy of which Saturday Monitor has seen, provides for automatic renewal of the lease after the expiry of 49 years if one is still interested.
In case someone is unable to renew the lease or is no longer interested, the notes state, one is free to revert to his or her former status as a kibanja holder subject to regularly paying the kibanja rental fees.
But the initiative, launched by Katikkiro (prime minster) Charles Peter Mayiga last month, has attracted significant criticisms from different circles, including from ministers in the central government.

“It is only President Museveni who can call this young man (Mayiga) to order. I do not believe that the people of Buganda have failed to pay ground rent (busuulu) which is the known constitutional procedure for all tenants on Buganda Kingdom land,” Minister Without Portfolio Abdul Nadduli was quoted by Saturday Monitor to have said at a function in Luweero on May 6.
“It seems leaders in Mengo led by the Katikkiro are trying to push government to do something which will make it unpopular. People in Buganda could easily mistake President Museveni to be part of the 49-year lease project fronted by Mengo. A few people in Mengo could easily work against the Kabaka by making him unpopular through the land lease project,” Mr Nadduli warned.
Mr Nadduli’s criticism, particularly his reference to the likelihood of the kingdom losing popularity, has been fronted by many.

Ms Idah Nantaba, the state minister for Information Communication Technology, who presented herself as an advocate for tenants’ rights in the fight against evictions during her time as junior Lands minister, has also criticised the initiative, arguing that many sitting tenants cannot afford the lease fees.
But the most acerbic critics of the Kyapa Mungalo initiative are former presidential spokesperson Joseph Tamale Mirundi and the outspoken Muslim cleric Sheikh Nuuhu Muzaata-Batte.
A long-time critic of Mengo officials, Mr Mirundi, on radio and television shows, accused Mengo officials of corruption regarding land matters and urged tenants not to embrace the initiative. Sheikh Muzaata also on a number of occasions, before and after the launch of Kyapa Mungalo, attacked Mr Mayiga and has predicted doom for the initiative.

Shortly after Mr Mayiga was appointed Katikkiro in 2013, Sheikh Muzaata went on the offensive, accusing him of bringing down a historical mosque in Lubiri, Mengo. And the frosty relations between the two have never thawed.
In response to the criticism, Buganda Land Board released what it called details of lease applications to the same body by both Mr Mirundi and Sheikh Muzaata. Confronted with this claim during a morning show on NBS Television, Mr Mirundi pushed and threatened to beat up the host, Mr Simon Muyanga Lutaaya.
Mr Mirundi and Sheikh Muzaata declined to speak to Saturday Monitor for this story, citing different reasons. Whereas Mr Mirundi accused this newspaper of fighting him on behalf of people he called his enemies, Sheikh Muzaata said we had called him “at the wrong time”.

More questions
Kampala Affairs minister Beti Kamya told a press conference that the Kabaka’s official estate vested in the institution of the Kabaka in the 1900 agreement has since been parceled out to the descendants of former Kabaka Daudi Chwa, the grandfather of Kabaka Mutebi, and that the reigning king should not through Buganda Land Board continue to control the entire 350 square miles.
“It implies that the land belonging to Kabaka Mutebi is not the 350 square miles. It is far smaller than the 350 square miles,” Mr Kamya said.

Buganda Land Board says on its website that it manages the 350 square miles – the Kabaka’s official Kabaka’s mailo - that was returned to Buganda in 1993, and another 300 square miles President Museveni returned to the kingdom in 2013.
In reference to this, Ms Kamya listed three sets of land including land entrusted to the counties, to the Queen Mother, and the sub-counties whose control, she said, Mengo must open up to discussion.
“Which land is the Katikkiro and Mengo asking the people of Buganda to get titled leases on. If it is the Kabaka’s land, it is his prerogative to treat his land as he wants but if it is these other categories , it is not Mengo’s, the Katikkiro’s or even the Kabaka’s prerogative to dish out this land as they want,” she said.

She suggested that there must be discussions in the Buganda Lukiiko (Assembly) on the solution. But if what she terms as an impasse persists then she suggests a referendum on Buganda’s land.
The other option, Ms Kamya suggests, is giving freehold titles to the people of Buganda, something the kingdom is opposed to on grounds that the people who get the titles may sell off the land as has happened in the past and future generations of the kingdom will be landless.
Mr Mayiga has also argued that Buganda Kingdom will exist “forever”, meaning that at any point in time it must have land. He compares it to institutions such as the Catholic Church, which only offer leases on their land.

Ms Kamya, at the time of writing this story, said she stood by her views as expressed earlier, although she referred this newspaper to the Lands minister to follow up.
Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze, while expressing support for the drive to grant leases to tenants as a way of securing their tenure and raising the value of the land, wrote on her Facebook account that the “unnecessary” criticism that the initiative has seen would have been avoided if Mr Mayiga had been democratic.
Ms Nambooze, who rose to prominence as an opposition politician based on her support for Mengo and the Kabaka, is one of those who got disenchanted by Mr Mayiga’s approach to his job as Katikkiro, particularly his de-politicisation of Mengo and the thawing of relations between Mengo and President Museveni.
Earlier, in 2007, Ms Nambooze was abducted by State operatives, together with Mr Mayiga, who was then the Kingdom spokesperson, and his then deputy Medard Sseggona.

The abduction of the trio and their detention at different places in Western Uganda came at a time Mengo and the government were locked in a disagreement over proposed amendments to the land law.
Whereas both Ms Nambooze and Mr Sseggona went into opposition politics, Mr Mayiga remained in the service of the Kabaka and shortly after his elevation to the office of Katikkiro in 2013 led a team to State House Entebbe to receive hundreds of land titles that the government returned to Buganda.
President Museveni also attended the first Kabaka’s coronation anniversary under Mr Mayiga’s term, held in Lubiri Mengo, and the Katikkiro declared that he would cooperate with whoever recognised Kabaka Mutebi’s status regardless of that person’s political or religious affiliation.

Katikkiro Mayiga has ordinarily not responded to individual critics, usually picking occasions on which to dress matters raised. The last such occasion was the sitting of the Buganda Lukiiko on May 8, 2017.
Before the Lukiiko sitting, Mr Mayiga had elaborated in a press statement that the mass titling initiative Buganda Land Board had embarked on “represents the Buganda Kingdom legislative organ’s (Lukiiko) resolution of 1994; to offer leases to all interested tenants on the Kingdom land.”

Mr Mayiga, to make the point that there is nothing unusual about offering leases on the Kabaka’s land, noted that the kingdom has been offering leases since the said Lukiiko resolution was passed 23 years ago, and that to-date up to 20,000 leases have been issued.
In addition, Mr Mayiga noted: “Even most of the land that was returned to the kingdom in the 2013 agreement between the Kabaka and the President of Uganda has leases inherited by BLB (Buganda Land Board) stretching up to 99 years. This therefore demonstrates that leases are not only issued by Buganda Kingdom but also other bodies like Uganda Land Commission, District Land Boards, KCCA, religious institutions and Private Mailo owners.”

Lease process

To secure a lease, a kibanja holder fills an application form and pays Shs 950,000 in survey fees, which during the Kyapa Mungalo drive has been reduced to Shs650,000. The applicant also pays an additional Shs250,000 as registration and inspection fees.
Buganda Land Board then sends an inspector to the location to authenticate the purchase documents for the kibanja and then submits a copy of his report to the parish chief, on to sub county and then to county level. At county level, the applicants are vetted by a committee that sits every month.
A Buganda Land Board branch manager in the county and officials from Buganda Kingdom’s local government sit on the committee. The approved applicant’s details are then forwarded to the Central Lease Committee of Buganda Land Board before the lease title is processed.

The value of the empty plot is then computed, Buganda Land Board officials say basing on the benchmarks set by the Chief Government Valuer, and once the value of the land is determined the applicant is then required to pay what is called a premium.

The premium is 10 per cent of the value of the land. If a plot is valued at Shs50m, for instance, the applicant will be required to pay Shs 5m (10 per cent of 50m) for the 49-year lease.
Then every year, the applicant will be required to pay a ground rent equivalent to 1 per cent of the value of the land, or 10 per cent of the premium. For the one whose plot’s estimated value is Shs50m, the annual payment will be Shs500,000 (1 per cent of 50m or 10 percent of 5m).
On the expiry of 49 years of the lease, the one occupying the lease, according to the agreement, has automatic right to renew it by paying a new premium based on the freshly estimated value of the land.

editorial@ug.nationmedia.com

Omusirikale wa Poliisi ya Uganda akubye mukazi we amasasi n'amutta!

By Musasi wa Bukedde

Added 3rd February 2017

Abaserikale ba poliisi nga basitudde omulambo gwa munnaabwe ate mu katone ye Esther Akol eyattiddwa

OMUSERIKALE wa poliisi yasoose kukebera ssimu ya mukazi we n’asangamu obubaka obwaweerezeddwa omusiguze nga buwaana omukyala.

Yavudde mu mbeera era obusungu obw’ettumbiizi bwamuleetedde kimu kya kukuba mukazi we masasi, oluvannyuma naye yette! Kino kye yakoledde ddala.

PC Godfrey Sabiiti 37, yakedde ku sitoowa etereka emmundu mu nkambi y’abapoliisi e Nsambya era n’awandiika mu kitabo kya poliisi ng’alaga nti agenda ku mulimu, olwo ne bamukwasa emmundu ya gavumenti.

Olwakutte emmundu, yakyuse bukyusi n’addayo mu nnyumba mw’abadde asula ne mukaziwe Esther Caroline Akol 27. Ng’atuuse, yasanze mukazi we alongoosa nnyumba era yakubiddewo essasi eryasoose, olwo omukazi n’akyuka okulaba ogubadde. Sabiiti ng’aswakidde ng’ensolo enkambwe, yakubye mukazi we essasi limu mu kifuba era omukazi n’aga eri n’afa.

 Bamulekwa ba Sabiiti ne Akol be baleseewo.

Olwamaze okukakasa nti afudde, Sabiiti yaddidde emmundu y’emu AK47 n’agisonga ku kifuba kye mu kifo kyennyini awali omutima, n’akwata ku mmanduse ne yeekuba essasi limu era naye ne limuttirawo.

Omulambo gw’omukazi gwasangiddwa ku mulyango ate ogwa Sabiiti gwabadde mu ddiiro ng’ebbali waagwo we wali emmundu eyakozeseddwa mu butemu buno.

Omusaayi ogwakulukuse nga guva mu mirambo ebiri gwabadde gukoze ekitaba, era obwedda buli alingizaayo ng’avaayo azikubamu makiikakiika.

OWAPOLIISI YASOOSE KUKOLA KIRAAMO Kabira Okot muliraanwa wa Sabiiti yagambye nti baawulidde amasasi nga gavuga gava ku ludda awali ennyumba Sabiitine mukazi we mwe babadde basula era okutuukawo, nga bombi (omwami n’omukyala) bamaze okufa.

Baasanze abaana abasatu abaabadde mu nnyumba nga bakaaba bwe banyeenya emirambo gya bazadde baabwe nga bwe babayita “Mmami”, “Ddadi”, wabula nga teri ayanukula; baafudde dda! Mu kwekebejja ebyabadde mu nnyumba, poliisi yazudde ekiraamo Sabiiti kye yalese atadde mu buwandiike.

Yalaze nti alina abaana 3: Danel Odeke 7, Rose Kachiri ne Blessing Kayeri. Sabiiti ne mukazi we babadde bayingidde emyaka munaana mu bufumbo.

Yagasseeko nti: Sirina bingi bye ndese mu nsi, okuggyako poloti gye nnagula era taata amanyi bulungi awali poloti n’ebipimo byayo. Abaana bange abasatu bagigabane oba etundibwe era ssente bazigabane kyenkanyi.

Yataddemu ne akawunti gye yayogeddeko nti teriiko ssente wabula asuubira ez’omwezi guno nazo n’alagira ziggyibweyo ziyambe abaana. Ssente endala azisuubira mu SACCO ya Poliisi, n’ez’akasiimo k’asuubira olw’emyaka kkumi gy’aweerezza mu poliisi era zonna n’alagira ziyambe abaana.

Baliraanwa abalala baategeezezza nti omusajja abadde yeewerera omukazi ng’amulumiriza obwenzi. Sabiiti yali yagabwa e Mbarara era abadde ky’aggye akomezebwewo mu Kampala ng’assiddwa mu kitongole ekikuuma abakungu (VIPPU).

Sabiiti bwe yakomyewo mu Kampala yatandikiddewo okulondoola omukazi n’okwekebejja ebintu by’omukyala okukakasa oba olugambo bulijjo lw’awulira nti Caroline yafunayo omusajja omulala lutuufu.

Obubaka bwa SMS (Mesegi) bwe yasanze mu ssimu y’omukyala ng’omusiguze awaana omukyala bw’ali omuka, Sabiiti kwe yeesigamye okutta mukazi we!

Baliraanwa baagambye nti Sabiiti abadde musirise nnyo kyokka ng’alina ebbuba eritagambika nti era bwe baamusindika e Mbarara, yasooka kugaana ng’agamba tayinza kuleka mukazi we, basajja balala kumutawaanya.

Ekiseera ekyo, baalowooza ku ky’okugenda bombi e Mbarara kyokka ne kikaluba kubanga kyali kigenda kutaataaganya abaana baabwe ababiri abaasangibwa nga bali mu ssomero ly’e Nsambya.

Oluvannyuma emirambo gyatwaliddwa e Mulago mu ggwanika. Sabiiti yayingira poliisi mu 2007 era abantu bangi obutemu buno bwabakubye wala kubanga babadde bamumanyi ng’omusajja atakoma ku kukwasisa mateeka n’ebiragiro, wabula abadde musaale mu kugoberera amateeka n’okukuuma eddembe.

Abamu baategeezezza nti yasoose kwekebeza siriimu n’azuula ng’alina akawuka ka n’ateebereza nti omukazi y’eyakamusiiga. Aduumira Poliisi y’e Kabalagala, Bernard Mugerwa yagambye nti balinze abooluganda lw’abagenzi ku njuyi zombi, okukolera awamu nabo mu enteekateeka z’okuziika.

Yagasseeko nti ne fayiro ku butemu buno yagguddwaawo, nti kyokka bye baakazuula biraga nti Sabiiti amaze akaseera nga yeetegeka okukola obutemu buno.

Omugagga wano e Buganda agobye Omukyala n’abaana be 9 mumaka gaabwe:

By John Bosco Mulyowa

Added 1st October 2016

Nangonzi n’abaana be mwenda.

OMUKAZI ow’abaana mwenda asobeddwa n’atema omulanga oluvannyuma lw’omugagga okukulemberamu poliisi ne bawanyondo ba kkooti ne bakasuka ebintu bye ebweru.

Omugagga agamba nti okutuuka okugoba omukyala ono mu nnyumba, abadde alemeddwa okusasula ssente z’obupangisa.

Kyokka alina ebiwandiiko ebiraga nti ennyumba yagigula era abadde tasobola kusasula ssente za bupangisa ng’ennyumba yiye.

Sylivia Nangonzi 54 , ku kyalo Kyanjale mu ggombolola y’e Kabonera e Masaka kati asula bweru oluvannyuma lw’omugagga FrankTakaya okumusuulira ebintu bye wabweru.

Ennyumba gye bakaayanira ya mizigo ebiri gyokka. Kigambibwa nti Takaya omusuubuzi w’emmwaanyi e Masaka yagula ettaka okuli ennyumba eno ku kyalo Kyanjale mu ggombolola y’e Kabonera okuva ku baali bannannyini lyo, ab’ennyumba ya Mariko Zirimala mu 2012 era nga Nangoonzi ne bba, John Kakooza kati ali e Juba baali bapangisa ku nnyumba eno eyali eya Jane Nakiganda Mayanja.

Oluvannyuma lw’ebbanga nga bapangisa mu 2010, Jane Nakiganda yabategeeza nga bwe yali atunda ennyumba ku bukadde mukaaga. Kakooza e Juba yasasulako 2,600,000/- ne bakkaanya okumusasula mpola okutuusa bwe zinaggwaayo. Era okuva olwo tebaddamu kusasula ssente za bupangisa.

Nga wayiseewo ebbanga, Nakiganda yatandika okubeefuulira ng’alabika amaze okuguza omugagga nga ne byayogera tebikwatagana kyokka ne batafaayo kuba baali balina obuwandiike obulaga nti yabaguza. Kakooza yagenda e Juba okukola kyokka okuva olwo aba famire tebaddamu kumuwuliza nga n’obutabanguko obubaddeyo tabakubidde ku ssimu.

David Kavuma omuwandiisi ku kakiiko k’e kyalo yategeezezza nti kituufu baatuukirira eyali nnannyini nnyumba eno Namaganda n’akakasa nti Kakooza yamuguza ennyumba kyokka n’alemererwa okumalayo ssente oluvannyuma lw’okusasula 1,200,000/- wadde Nangonzi agamba nti baasasula 2,600,000/- nga yandibadde nga y’ensonga lwaki yabeefuulidde.

Nangonzi yalaajanidde abazira kisa bamuyambe naddala omumyuka wa Pulezidenti Edward Ssekandi, omubaka w’ekitundu kino ne Ssentebe wa Masaka Jude Mbabaali.

Nakiganda Mayanja yeegaanyi eky’okuguza Nangonzi ne bba Kakooza ennyumba eno n’agamba nti ssente ze baamuwa zaali za bupaangisa ng’okugamba nti ennyumba yagimuguza kuba kubuzaabuza kwennyini.

Omuggaga Takaya yagaanyi okubaako ky’ayogera ku nsonga zino.

A former Minister in Uganda Ms Ida Nantaba wants elderly scheme probed of African tribalism:

Outgoing Lands state minister Ida Nantaba (in gomesi) celebrates with the newly elected Kayunga speaker Saleh Balinsoni (2nd left) during the swearing in of district leaders on 24th May 2016.

PHOTO BY FRED MUZAALE

By Fred Muzaale

Posted  Monday, May 30   2016 at  01:00

Kayunga. Outgoing Lands state minister Ida Nantaba has asked the Inspector General of Government to investigate how the outgoing Kayunga District leadership selected beneficiaries of the Senior Citizens Grant given to elderly persons. 
Ms Nantaba, who is also the district Woman MP, claims the 100 elderly persons per sub-county in the district were selected based on sectarian and political grounds.
“It hurts me as a leader to find that more than 900 beneficiaries of the senior citizens’ grant in this district all come from the same area and are from almost one tribe. I ask the IGG to take interest in this matter and probe how these beneficiaries were selected,” Ms Nantaba said on Tuesday.

Take oath
This was during the swearing-in of the district LC5 chairperson, Mr Tom Sserwanga, and his councillors at Ntenjeru District headquarters. 
The grant, one of the core components of the Social Assistance Grant for Empowerment, started in 2010 with financing by government and development partners. 
Kayunga is among the districts where the programme will be rolled out during this financial year. 
However, the Elderly and Disabled Affairs State minister, Mr Sulaiman Madada, dismissed the claims by Ms Nantaba, saying beneficiaries had been selected on merit.
The former district LC5 chairman, Mr Steven Dagada said: “The selection of beneficiaries was based on age, but also on who is in more need for assistance.”

fmuzaale@ug.nationmedia.com