Frank, IGG, Keith discuss Shs30bn ISO cash


Presidency and Kampala minister Frank Tumwebaze


The minister for the Presidency, Frank Tumwebaze, has summoned a meeting intended to straighten the payment of Shs 29bn retirement benefits to former intelligence staff of the Internal Security Organisation (ISO).

Among those called for the meeting are; the Secretary to the Treasury, Keith Muhakanizi, the Inspector General of Government (IGG), Ms Irene Mulyagonja and the new Attorney General, Freddie Ruhindi.

According to Sunday Monitor, the meeting is expected to take place on April 23, at Tumwebaze’s office in Kampala.

In 2005, three former spies Bernard Kamugisha, Jamal Kitandwe and Jeff Kiwanuka, through their association Uganda Veterans of Internal Security Organisation (UVETISO), sued government in the High Court on behalf of 500 others seeking Shs72.4 billion in gratuity.

However, the President initiated out-of-court negotiations with the former state operatives and the claim was brought down to Shs39 billion.

The newspaper says Tumwebaze is working on the directives of President Yoweri Museveni following High Court’s 2013 awarded to former spies of Shs 72.4bn in terminal benefits.

The aggrieved retired in 1995 and have never received their benefits.

The IGG is said to had stopped payments after she discovered irregularities in the payments while treasury is setting unrealistic conditions for them.

In her report, IGG Mulyagonja indicated that 70 per cent of the Shs10 billion had been pocketed by undeserving beneficiaries.

She directed ministry of Finance through Muhakanizi to freeze further payments.

Tumwebaze told Monitor that while all this still hangs in the air, bottom line is that these spies have to be paid because government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with them.

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