Pensioners Accuse Kabarole District of Stealing their Retirement Package

Kabalore district local government has under attack from pensioners for allegedly diverting their money.

Pensioners from Kamwnge, Kyenjojo and Kabarole district are accusing the district of misappropriating their retirement package.

Every month, the Ministry of Public Service sends 400 million shillings to the district account, meant to pay the pensioners.

However since May this year, the pensioners have not been paid and are alleging that the district diverts the money to other uses.

There are 1,000 pensioners from the districts of Kamwenge, Kyenjojo and Kabarole.

The retired civil servants worked in Kabarole district local government before the district was split into two.

David Musali aged 78 years, a retired accounts assistant says that on several occasions he has gone to the district administration to claim for his money, but he is told that there is no money.

Musali who is a resident of Kahunge town in Kamwenge district says that he spends a lot of money traveling to Kabarole every month to claim for his money.

Dorothy Kabakali aged 89 says that she has often gone to the district but she is told to return after a week. Kabakali says that she is given money for transport by friends and relatives because she can not afford traveling to Kabarole every month.

The Chairman of the pensioners, Steven Byamukama says that they are planning to write to the Minster of Public Service, Muganwa Kajura over the matter.

Byamukama says that some of the pensioners are sick and need the money to purchase drugs, while some have died even before they are paid their package.

Byamukama wants the Ministry of Public Service to send the money to the respective district accounts because pensioners from Kyenjojo and Kamwenge incur transport costs traveling to Kabarole.

However the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Kabarole, Eriab Nterwete denies the allegations of the pensioners.

Nterwete says that the money sent by the Ministry of Public Service is not enough to pay all the pensioners from the three districts.

He says that the money is still on the district account and when it accumulates, that is when the pensioners will be paid.