3 December 2012

Uganda: Double Pay Cited in Pension Scam

Fresh details emerging from the ongoing Police probe into the $113,000 (about sh282.5m ) foreign pensioners scam suggest double payments were made, Police sources have said.

Preliminary investigations showed that payments were first made by the Ministry of Public Service through Stanbic Bank and later, in what is suspected to be fraudulent, through Cairo International Bank (CIB).

These details emerged after the Police once again raided the Ministry of Public Service head offices last week, retrieving crucial documents and interrogating ministry officials in connection with the fraud. The payments were for foreign pensioners in the UK and Kenya who had served in the first East African Community.

But according to information availed to the Police by the ministry, payments to foreign pensioners were supposed to be made through Stanbic and not CIB as was the case. Police investigations indicate that the first payments were made through Stanbic Bank and routed through the respective High Commissions to the intended beneficiaries.

"There is proof from the High Commissions that the beneficiaries received their payments through bank drafts and that was communicated to the ministry," Grace Akullo, the director of criminal intelligence and investigations directorate, said.

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