10, 000 Pensioners to Miss January Pension Payments Top story

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In short
The ministry of Finance wants Public Service to move from the usual Pension Management Information System (PMIS) to the Integrated Finance management System (IFMS). The Ministry is however having conformity challenges with the latter because athough the Pension Management Information System (PMIS) would record as many people with similar names, the Integrated Finance management System IFMS records people with the same name as a double entry.

At least 10,000 pensioners will not have their pension payments for the month of January 2014 on time following challenges registered with the newly introduced Integrated Finance management system (IFMS) of payment.

According to Amuriat Bernard, the Principal Human Resource Officer at the Ministry of Public Service, Ministry of Finance directed that they start using the Integrated Finance management System (IFMS) as one of the measures to improve transparency and timeliness of the payments.

The directive came after the exposure of a pension scam in which billions of taxpayers’ money had been swindled by officials from the Ministry of Public of Service

Now the ministry of Finance wants Public Service to move from the usual Pension Management Information System (PMIS) to the Integrated Finance management System (IFMS). The ministry is however having conformity challenges with the latter, Amuriat adds.

He says that although the Pension Management Information System (PMIS) would record as many people with similar names, the Integrated Finance management System IFMS records people with the same name as a double entry. As a result the IFMS allows only one payment and deletes the rest in cases where names are similar.

Amuriat noted that although they are supposed to be paying 51,000 Pensioners, the Finance system has only recorded 41,000 pensioners.

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He adds that the Ministry of Finance is now trying to assign pensioners with supply numbers so that the Integrated Finance Management System recognizes each pensioner with a unique number as opposed to names.

Amuriat is however optimistic that as soon as the assignment of the supply numbers is completed, the Ministry will consider payments to those who pensions will not be paid this month. The assignment of unique numbers is also considered for the new people joining pay roll.

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.