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Councillors rap electronic transfer payment system

By Vision Reporter

Added 19th September 2007 03:00 AM

COUNCILLORS have expressed their dissatisfaction with the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) system, which was recently introduced by the Ministry of Finance as a new method of payment.

By Chris Ahimbisibwe

BUSHENYI - Councillors have expressed their dissatisfaction with the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) system, which was recently introduced by the Ministry of Finance as a new method of payment.

During a council meeting at the district council hall recently, the councillors said the system had delayed payments of salaries.

Katerera sub-county councillor, Joram Nkwasa, said all government workers in the district had not received salaries for the previous month.

Earlier on, Charles Kiberu, the district chief administrative officer, was put to task to explain why the salaries had delayed.

Kiberu said the system had been off for some days, making it difficult to process the payments. The system is a pilot project in the districts of Bushenyi, Mbarara, Lira and Kampala.

“If the system has failed in four districts, how is it going to serve 80 districts?” wondered the Burere sub-county councillor Ephraim Biraro.

The speaker, Joram Tibasimwa, urged the technical team to ensure that councillors are paid on time. “The system should be improved to avoid such delays,” he said.

The councillors recommended that the ministry puts in place another mode of payment which can be used whenever the electronic transfer system fails.

Councillors rap electronic transfer payment system

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