Uganda: Manafwa Cao in Trouble Over Ghost Workers

Manafwa — The Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Eevelopment has given Manafwa Chief Administrative Officer Charles Otai a 14-day ultimatum to explain how ghost workers appeared on the district payroll.

The ministry permanent secretary, Mr Keith Muhakanizi, in his July 5 letter, also asked Mr Otai to show cause why disciplinary action should not be taken against him over the matter.

Quoting section 45 of the Public Finance Management Act 2015, he explained that effective Financial Year 2014/15, the processing and payment of salary, pension and gratuity was decentralised and, therefore, each accounting officer is personally liable for the funds appropriated under his/her respective vote.

Mr Muhakanizi expressed his fear that such practices may not only be happening in Manafwa.

"Therefore, I wish to request all chief administrative officers and town clerks who are involved in such practice to desist from it and ensure that your payrolls are clean," he noted.

Further, he requested all the resident district commissioners to monitor their respective local government payrolls to detect and report discrepancies.

"RDCs are hereby requested to monitor their respective local government payrolls and report any discrepancies," Mr Muhakanizi said, adding that both the Inspector General of Government and Auditor General's office should interest themselves in the matter and conduct the necessary investigation.

The Manafwa RDC, Mr Ssenyonjo Kyeyune, told Daily Monitor last week that in April, he carried out an investigation and discovered 104 ghost civil servants on the district payroll.

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