By Fred Kiva
The Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs has rolled out a countrywide program to update records of military pensioners and veterans, to enable clearance of pending pensions and gratuities.
According to a statement by Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs Adolf Mwesige, the exercise that begins tomorrow March 21 to April 13 is in line with the government’s resolve to have the military pension and gratuity case backlog cleared by the year 2020.
“To facilitate clearance of the military pensions and gratuities case backlog in two years, as decided by Government, the public is hereby informed that there will be a countrywide exercise to enable military veterans and estate administrators to expeditiously update their records,” the Minister announced in the March 19 statement.
The exercise targets mainly living veterans, estates of veterans deceased in retirement, estates of officers and militants, deceased while in active service, Ex-gratia-living veterans and Ex-gratia-estate.
To facilitate the exercise, the country has been sub-divided into ten zones, with respective team leaders. The zones include; West Nile, Busoga, East Buganda, West Buganda, Ankole/Kigezi and Rwenzori. Others are; Karamoja, Teso, Bugishu/Bukedi and Acholi/Lango.
“The Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs reaffirms its commitment to payment of all military veterans and beneficiaries of death gratuity and pensions by the end of 2020,” the Minister said.
“Schedules of the affected beneficiaries have been sent to the districts of origin of the veterans or deceased military service personnel and published on the notice boards of the Resident District Commissioners and Chief Administrators,” he added.