Ugandan Police have today released thousands of photographs of ghost pensioners who reportedly benefited from the Shs63bn pension scam that has seen dozens of Cairo International Bank officials arrested and Public Service bosses fired.
According to the Police spokesperson, Judith Nabakooba, this move is aimed at clearing the innocent people who were unwittingly caught in the pension scam. “We urge members of the public, whose pictures appear in the media, to step forward and clear there names,” she said.
CID have been investigating reports that sh63b was paid to about 1,018 ghost beneficiaries using accounts opened in Cairo International Bank’s head office in Kampala last year between February and November.
The scam saw Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service, Jimmy Lwamafa and other senior officials including Commissioner Pensions, Stephen Kiwanuka-Kunsa; the Principal Accountant Christopher Obey and the head of IT, Richard Lubega fired on a presidential directive.
Deputy Secretary to the Treasury, Keith Muhakanizi recently told the media that more than 60,000 retired teachers, civil servants and soldiers would be inconvenienced in receiving their monthly pensions after government suspended the payments over graft allegations.
He said that all pensioners will have to wait for some time to get paid their monthly salaries as Ministry of Finance and Public Service completes the clean-up of the payroll in order to avoid ghost pensioners.
Sources say that the list of ex-gratia payments has hundreds of names of which most of them appear more than once but with different pension numbers while others the names are different but have the same particulars.