Masindi CAO told to account for pensioners’ money

By Joseph Baguma

The directive follows complaints raised by district councillors that some of the pensioners were had not received money

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PIC: Christopher Okumu, the chief administrative officer of Masindi district. (Credit: Joseph Baguma)

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MASINDI – Two Masindi district officials have been given up to the next council siting to have come up with a detailed report explaining how money worth sh200m meant for pensioners was diverted last year and no accountability has been done.

The speaker of Masindi district council, Moses Kirya, has given the chief administrative officer of Masindi district, Christopher Okumu and the principal internal auditor, David Baguma, a week to account for the money.

The directive follows complaints raised by district councillors that some of the pensioners were complaining that they had not received their money.

The money was meant to pay gratuity of three pensioners. These are Brasto Byabakama, the former district production officer, Milton Mugisa Mugungu, the former probation officer and Irene Tumusiime, the former community development officer attached to kimengo sub-county.

“I want the CAO and the line minister for finance to explain where this money went because we have information that the money was deposited on the district account,” Julian Sarah Ayesiga, the councillor for Miray sub-country, said.  

The secretary for finance, Kanaginagi Ateenyi, informed the council that he has tried to get an explanation from the CAO’s office in vain.

Ayesiga said the pensioners are suffering in villages and have resorted to selling some of their property.

However, Masindi’s CAO Okumu said the money was not diverted.

“I have instituted a committee to investigate the matter among my senior staff and make a detailed report,” he said.