We’ll after report of not paying Arua districts civil-servants on 28th of May in the Daily Monitor. This is a thousand teachers without pay! They will get a new form to get their pay, but why? Shouldn’t it have come as naturally to them? (Aluma 2014) Then on NTV Uganda on 31th May Keith Muhakanzi – Permanent Secretary Finance Ministery said this: «If by the 18th the finance in case of local government, finance local government they have not responded, we shall pay, but the accounting officer will take responsibility for that payroll”. The report then went onto describing how the police force used payment of salaries for other activities! See the thing here:
Just to continue here with some older cases on the fun with pay in Uganda. I am sure that the civil servants and their families are not enjoying the play of the higher officers and how things are disappearing into thin air!
It keeps happening again and again, it must be more than just the accounting officer who has the issue. Then it must be the system or those fuelling the system? I have already in recent months reported on 15th May on ghost civil servants, then issues with the pay of June 2013 payments(Minbane, 15.05.2014). Wonder if Keith Muhkanzi: will hang the accounting officer this time? And what will he do next?
Even earlier on 12th May I reported yet again on the ghost money. So it must be pattern. Or am I wrong? (Minbane, 12.05.2014)
Well, recently reports from Ernest & Young has been hired to check the authenticity of 6000 workers and see who is getting reinstated salaries or government payroll of April(AllAfrica.com, 2014). This is supposed to kill of “ghosts”. Let see if those that! But, I am sure that it going to be more issues and stories of both “ghosts” and “lost” pay. Especially because of “new” “systems” and “malfunctions”, so congrats people and wish your local civil servants a good day! Because that is necessary – do them that favor! Peace.
Aluma, Clement & Okaba, Patrick – Over 1,000 Teachers Miss Pay (28.05.2014): http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Over-1-000-teachers-miss-pay/-/688334/2328674/-/12cic4p/-/index.html
Allafrica.com: Uganda – Ghost Workers Probe Welcome: http://allafrica.com/stories/201405300306.html
Minbane – Delayed salary for the civil service in Uganda, again! (15.05.2014): https://minbane.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/delayed-salary-for-the-civil-service-in-uganda-again/
Minbane – Long Road of “ghost’s” in Uganda (12.05.2014): https://minbane.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/long-road-of-ghosts-in-uganda/
It’s been a long road with ghosts in Uganda. This isn’t really news other than the smear fact of Keith Muhakanizi’s hanging those who civil servants whose been using the system for gaining extra cash instead of paying them. Sure didn’t get the memo of ghost medicine saga of 2008 or all the fun accident of government monies happily ending in MPs or Ministers pockets.
Keith Muhakanizi the newest secretary of treasury. Who is working to eliminated “ghosts”. The plan is to get all the civil servants to write their signature on the work hours. Still that effort isn’t paying off! Keith is saying “if you have ghosts on your payroll: I’ll hang you!” he continues: “I didn’t realize that it was enough ghosts hanging over because central government system over time, nobody would take accountability!” Then Keith showed the world the crazy eyes of leadership (Check the footage of NTV Uganda).
If the reforms will make it as the news reporters say: the four months will be a year. So that the signature scheme to sufficiently stop the “ghost” practice. Chimpreports recently also tells the story of the Ministry of Education is going after “old ghost money” that FUFA is expecting 10% of each sponsorship that the clubs in the Ugandan Super League (USL).
In December 2013 in all year of Shs 70 billion went to ghost prisoners. The incidence of 396 out of 769 names can’t be validated or sound real (Monitor.co.ug).
So that the Keith Muhakanizi has a lot to do, especially since there has happen a lot since August 2013. Therefore his report and works has to anticipate more loads of work and maybe some new reports to make a difference. That’s why as secretary of treasury he got a few papers and “ghosts” to hang! Peace.
MoE, FUFA and USL: