On 9th February 2019, the ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs announced completion of over 2000 files for Veterans ready for payment in a move to clear the pending pension case backlog of pensions and gratuity out of 79,084 files.
Those earmarked for payment include, soldiers who served in various capacities since Uganda’s post-independence. They include; World War II, UNA, Uganda Defence Forces, among others.
The State minister for Defence in charge of Veteran Affairs, Bright Rwamirama, who was the Chief Guest while addressing the veteran community at Isingiro District Headquarters,
said that most veterans were not yet paid because all those who retired between 1990/95 were under public service.
Hon Rwamirama noted that the arrangement of files from public service has been a challenge all along. “Some of the files from public service are missing proper documentation such as letters of administration, proper bank accounts among others,” he said.
that Uganda Veterans Advisory Board (UVAB) was previously working on individuals who had retired voluntarily unlike now when the Directorate of Veteran affairs is concentrating on all categories of veterans including survivors.
“UVAB money has been changed under the current UPDF Act which will be discussed in parliament and will involve compensating casualties their substantive amount as well as pending veterans.”
Rwamirama added that records must be clear such that all retirees are included on the package of payroll of pensions and gratuity. “Maintain the proper records such as original bank accounts which are in existing for salaries in order to get your pensions and gratuity payments on time”
He assured the well-attended meeting that within the next two years the issue of pension backlog should be well addressed.
The chairman of Isingiro District Veteran League Maj Agaba informed the gathering that veterans had formed a SACCO which has over 500 members so far. He said that the government should assist their SACCO to be operational.
The Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of Isingiro district Mr Gumisiriza Aloysius encouraged veterans to form groups to benefit from the UWEP programmes which can also include children who can benefit from special interest group.
Also present were Commissioner Rehabilitation Psych-social Support and Rehabilitation Mike Mabonga, RDC Isingiro district Herbert Muhangi among others.