Pension and gratuity
management and payment has been fully decentralized. This means that now
different votes under their jurisdiction will initiate the process of
pensioners and retirees employee’s records to access their benefits at the respective
institutions they would have retired from in order to get their benefits from
government without necessarily submitting files to public service like it has
been in the past.
This remark was made
by the State Minister for Public Service David Karubanga while officiating at
this function at Naguru Police Headquarters in Kampala. Meanwhile he said under
full decentralization processing of retirement benefits, pension file can now
be completed within 30 thirty minutes. Also informed the gathering that the
ministry has reduced the online computerized business process for processing of
pension and gratuity to only four 4 steps and removed a number of redundant off
the system processes.
underscored the importance of full decentralization of pension and gratuity
management and payment to different votes as a means of ensuring easy access,
timely and prompt payment of retirees’ benefits. In other words these actions
has brought services closer to the retiring Officers.
On failure for
responsible Officers to comply to the Pension policy among the sanctions would
be removal of responsibility of Accounting Officer, demotion and prosecution
for extortion of money and soliciting or taking bribes.
Earlier on, the Permanent
Secretary Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwiire highlighted the different
progressive steps the ministry has undertaken in order to improve the pension
processing, management, and payment of salary to Ministries, Government departments
Agencies and Local Governments.
these included “computerization of Human Resource Management functions, decentralization
of the processing, management and payment of salary, Payroll cleaning and
biometric data validation of all civil servants to eliminate ghost, migration
of pension records from the legacy system to the integrated Personnel and
Payroll System (IPPS) among others.”
She added that full decentralization
of pension processing, management, and payment is governed by the cardinal principles
of; “clear segregation of roles and responsibilities among business users,
timeliness, transparency and Accountability for actions on the part of the business
She also said that
sixty five (65) votes had been prepared to take on the decentralization role
through training and the balance of the one hundred fifty eight (158) have to undergo
the same process of training when resource are availed in order to take on the
new role and as planned by June 2019 all votes would be ready for
In a related development
the Assistant Commissioner Compensation Victor Bua Leku, Ministry of Public Service
warned Institutions from initiating records of about and above five years of
retiring Officers into the system to access their benefits without getting
clearance from the Ministry.
Bua said this has
been agreed upon as a check measure to desist from double payment of already
retirees whose records could be under the legacy system before migration and to
keep the Ministry role of supervision and being the pension Authority by Law.
delivering a speech on behalf of the Inspector General of Police Edward Ochom
Director Research and Planning hailed the Ministry for the initiative of decentralization
of Pension and gratuity management and payment to retiring Officers that will
go a long way to solve he Police force problems that it has been experiencing
of cumbersome and delayed benefits access by Officers.
Ochom said the force
has about 3500 pensioners and every year over 500 officers for various reasons retire
from the force. He said this is timely for it will not only quicken the process
but retiring officers will get their benefit on time.
The fact that a
retired officer can access his/her benefits within the next month of retirement
is wonderful and only need to be sustained and standardized. This
decentralization of pension and gratuity management and payment will minimize the
alleged corruption and extortion of money.
Uganda Police Force
was the Institution that was selected and launched the decentralization of
pension management and payment to 223 votes in Uganda by the Ministry of Public