Addressing a press conference at Uganda Media Centre in Kampala on Monday, the minister for public service as well as Member of Parliament for Budyebo County, Nakasongola District Hon. Wilson Muruli Mukasa, has said government is planning to carry out a nation wide censors for pensioners.

Hon. Wilson Muruli Mukasa said that this is the time for government to remove ghost workers from its payroll.

He says that government has been undertaking reforms to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery and particularly providing for timelines in processing and paying pensions and salaries  for its workers.

“The ministry consequently decentralized pension management to votes of retirement” adds Hon. Muruli.

According to the statement that he released, the verification exercise that began in 2015,has undertaken more time than the anticipated with a total number of 2181 unverified  records  worth  UGX 99462131 monthly having the last received pension in 2015.

The number of pensioners on payroll in the country as per June 2016 was 70,085 worth UGX 249,196,049,172 per annum.

To curb this grievance, the government has scheduled a census bio-metric validation of all pensioners and claimants, an exercise that will be conducted by the estate administrators from 13th February to 30th march 2017 at all district headquarters in Uganda

The Minister says that the exercise is aimed at cleaning the payroll of pensioners.

The minister said that the census will establish the genuine pensioners and rid the payroll of possible ghosts.

“We will capture the biometric details of all pensioners and beneficiaries with letters of administration for proper identification. The pensioners’ records will be linked to the national identification database,” Muruli said.

The minister added that the verification schedules for various districts have been communicated to the Chief Administrative Officers and will be published in newspapers and aired on respective local FM radio stations across the country.

“The pensioners are not required to come to the ministry of public service as they will be validated at the district headquarters of residence. The exercise is free of charge,” Muruli explained.