BY AMBROSE KWERONDA
A team from UPDF has today 06/01/2023 verified their veterans from Kabale district who have not been received pension funds.
This exercise was held at Kabale district Rukiiko hall by the UPDF team from Kampala purposely to ensure that veterans have acquired their pension funds after serving as UPDF
Lt Can Keneth Wabwire the director of information and documentation and gratuity heading a team of verification pensioners who were on government payroll that were dropped during September last year (7/2022) following the exercise that was conducted in February last year and wanted to verify updf pensioners in their districts physically.
Wabwire added that they doing this because of the outcry from the public as the people who were on payroll complaining and more fraudsters on payroll and wanted to clear it all and clean it forever and those people were given a grace period of 6 months from February to August and that’s why to decide and turn up back for them because they were suspended temporarily.
This service is done to entire kigezi region by visiting each district and in kabale they are only looking for 154 pensioners who were on payroll but suspended temporarily but some are turning up others remaining behind,various veterans are campaigning of funds and lack some documents of veteran discharge certificate, bank statement, National identity card and passport because when the all documents are available are attached and sent to UPDF headquarters then gain the funds.
Wabwire concluded that widows and orphans complaining money of their beloved relatives should have the deceased’s certificate, family minutes and LC1 letter bank statement, letters of administration and then to be given their money.
They documented 25,000 veterans in 2019 of which 11,000 were paid 3,000 put on pay roll and 14,000 whose files are completely ready for payments as they await releases from the government and requested the claimers to keep their accounts active by depositing 10,000.
In this service the team has faced some challenges where the veterans, orphans and widows are failing to raise death certificate, bank services and advised them to go for them at the police and then to Bombo for final verification
Those who have failed to reach Kabale district headquarters are required to visit them while still in Rukungiri, Rukiga and Kanugu districts and whoever fails to do so will have to find them in Kampala.