CAOs who delay paying salaries of public servants to be sacked

The Secretary to treasury Keith Muhakanizi says all accounting officers who are failing to handle the new payroll management system and those delaying sending approved payrolls for payment of salaries to public servants must resign or be sacked.

Under the new system, payment of salaries has been decentralized with accounting officers at districts being tasked to update their payroll and ensure that all ghosts are eliminated before a final payroll upon which payment is done is forwarded to public service and the ministry of finance.

On Tuesday the Auditor General1s office informed the same committee that a special audit had indentified over 8000 ghost workers and that 3.7 billion shillings was saved between February and April this year.

Muhakanizi tells the select committee of parliament investigating delays in payment of salaries that the new system was designed to deal with challenges especially creation of ghosts on the payroll and that all accounting officers must adjust to the system or else be held accountable.

Ministry of public service permanent secretary of the Adah Muwanga Kabarokole, admits that there have been shortcomings on their part and that this has affected the payment of salaries.

In the same meeting the Chief Administrative officers through David Naluwairo of Wakiso district indicated that they have also not been receiving relevant documents to support the finalization of payrolls

In a related development, Police says it has started investigations to establish how a police officer in Isingiro district failed to get salary for four years even when he is reported to have been in active service.

Director Human Resource Uganda Police force Charles Birungi says the police top leadership team have taken up the matter and directed the district commander to report to police details of the affected officer and ascertain if the claim is genuine.

Birungi says the police must scrutinize the claim and if found genuine it will be settled.

Story by

Kenneth Lukwago and Ronald Muhinda

May 30 2014