Former MPs Cry Foul Over Delayed Pension Payment

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Dr. Jeremiah Twatwa Mutwalante, the former Iki Iki County MP, says Parliament should fast track their payments to enable them fend for themselves.

Some of the former legislators are protesting a delay in payment of their pension funds.

URN has learnt that the Parliamentary Pension Scheme-PPS was expected to start paying the former legislators by June 15, 2016 but the exercise has been extended for a month.
 
According to a text message sent to the former MPs, payment will be effected by July 15th this year.

"Dear Member, due to the late remittance of May contributions, we will be able to pay your benefits by 15th July, 2016. We regret any inconvenience caused. PPS," reads the text message seen by URN.

However, the move has been contested by a number of  former legislators. Dr. Peter Eriaku, the former Kapelebyong County MP, told URN PPS and parliament had made assurances to pay them promptly. He however, says parliament should have planned for the pay outs earlier, saying they need the funds to cater for their personal needs.
 

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Judith Amoit, the former Pallisa Woman MP, lamented that several money lenders, whom they borrowed from to fund their 2016 election campaigns, are on their necks to pay back their money. Dr. Jeremiah Twatwa Mutwalante, the former Iki Iki County MP, says Parliament should fast track their payments to enable them fend for themselves.   
 
English 

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The Parliamentary Pensions Scheme, which was set up in 2007 under the Parliamentary Pensions Act, is a contributory scheme for MPs and parliamentary staff, where government also tops up on their contributions. When contacted, the Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige, who is the principle signatory to the scheme, told URN on phone that Parliament was handling the matter.
 
"It is being handled," Kibirige said in a brief statement. However, sources reveal that a meeting will be convened by Kibirige on Monday next week to discuss the matter.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.