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Civil Servants Without National ID to Miss Salary

Public officers or pensioners who do not have the National Identification Card will not be paid salaries, according to a directive from government. The Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development has directed the Ministry of Public Service to ensure that with effect from August 2017, no public officer or pensioner without a National Identification Number or NIN is paid salary.
Public officers or pensioners who do not have the National Identification Card will not be paid salaries, according to a directive from government.

The Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development has directed the Ministry of Public Service to ensure that with effect from August 2017, no public officer or pensioner without a National Identification Number or NIN is paid salary.

Keith Muhakanizi, the Ministry's Permanent Secretary, in his letter dated 7th August to the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Public Service, stressed that with effect from August, National Identification Numbers for each public officer and pensioner should be included in their payslip.

Muhakanizi in his letter copied to the Accountant General and all accounting officers in the country says the move is to increase the credibility of the Wage and Pension payrolls and ensure proper accountability.

This follows a recent verification exercise by the Ministry of Public Service to map every staff and pensioner to his National Identification Number.

Last year, the Finance Ministry announced that with effect from this financial year that started in July, no civil servant without an identity card will be paid. However, the latest development is seen as implementation of the earlier directive.

This comes as part of the ongoing efforts by government to clean the payroll and get rid of ghost workers.

In August last year, the Ministry of Public Service announced that it removed a total of 5,586 names from the payroll, made of 308,393 government employees. Meanwhile, a  similar audit in 2014 also saw 8,299 non-existent workers deleted from the payroll.

President Museveni recently ordered that a bio-metric data would be used to validate records employees in future.

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