MPs Grill Office of the President over Presidential Advisors' payments – The Ankole Times

MPs Grill Office of the President over Presidential Advisors’ payments

Monday, March 18, 2024
Hon. Elijah Okupa
The Ankole Times
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Lawmakers on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC-Central Government) questioned Office of the President officials about the inflated list of 139 Presidential Advisors, with concerns raised about some already receiving benefits from previous constitutional roles.

Kasilo County MP Elijah Okupa queried why several Presidential Advisors had not been paid, prompting Committee Chairperson Muwanga Kivumbi to seek clarification on the number of advisors.

Permanent Secretary Yunus Kakande revealed that President Museveni has 139 advisors, including former Vice President Prof. Gilbert Bukenya, but Kivumbi questioned why leaders like Edward Ssekandi, receiving benefits from previous roles, were paid as Senior Presidential Advisors.

While Kakande defended the appointments, MP Asuman Basalirwa pressed him on the possibility of double or triple entitlements, urging the Permanent Secretary to address the matter with the President.

Concerns were also raised over the Office of the President’s failure to utilize UGX 4.3 billion allocated for pension payments, attributed to pensioners’ failure to submit required documents.

Auditor General John Muwanga flagged discrepancies in employee payroll records, warning that inconsistencies could compromise records integrity and retirement procedures.

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