The Auditor General has called for an investigation into the payment of Shs.11 billion to suspected ghost pensioners by the Public Service Ministry during the last financial year.
Presenting the Annual Report of the Auditor General to the Speaker of Parliament on Wednesday, the Auditor General Mr. John Muwanga said the payments were made to pensioners with no clear proof that they were still alive.
“I noted that Shs.11 billion was paid to pensioners who had exceeded their pensionable period of 15 years, yet no life certificates were availed as proof of their continued existence. Absence of life certificates implies payments to non-existent pensioners could arise,” the Auditor General said.
According to the new audit report, multiple uniform payments made to various pensioners who had already received their monthly remittances pointed to the likelihood of double payments.
Mr. Muwanga has cautioned government to find a solution to the continued accumulation of gratuity and pension arrears now standing at over Ushs.199 billion shillings.
The report divided into five categories highlights anomalies in payment of salaries and other services in Lower Local Governments, procurements for the Kampala-Entebbe Express Highway, case backlog in the Judicial service, accumulation of labour disputes and the escalating court awards and compensations.
Mr. Muwanga pointed out that the contingency provision for outstanding amount in court awards had accumulated to Shs.479.3billion by 30th June 2015.
He noted that government was losing resources to pay for delayed settlements of obligations arising from contracts for construction services, and court awards.
Rt. Hon. Kadaga commended the Office of the Auditor General for delivering the report on time.
“I am very pleased with your office for the timely delivery. Not many institutions can beat deadlines when tasked with delivering a report in March and December,” she said.
The report will be tabled in Parliament before scrutiny by the Public Accounts Committee.