By Yosam Gucwaki
Pensioners in Masindi District have decried the plight they are going through to attain their salaries and gratuity and threatened to go to streets and demonstrate if their issues are not handled.
Speaking during the pensioners’ meeting that was held in the education boardroom on Thursday,the chairperson masindi district pensioners’ association, Yabezi Byenkya said that as pensioners they are facing a problem of all the time being told to move to the district to rectify their documents yet nothing is done even after handing in the requirements.
Byenkya added that some of them are weak by virtue of their ages and can’t keep on moving up and down spending money which is not even available on transport to the district offices overtime and again.
Byenkya wondered as to why pensioners in other districts like Hoima are getting their monies promptly yet in Masindi it is a nightmare. “We need the personnel officer to tell us where the problem is because we are in dilemma”, he noted.
The vice chairperson Masindi district, Kanginagi Ateenyi, who attended the meeting pleaded with pensioners not to demonstrate but remain calm because their issues have been heard and will be settled very soon.
Kanaginagi however directed the chief administrative officer Masindi district local government and the human resource officer in charge of pensioners to do the needful to ensure that the pensioner’s issues are settled adding that time will also come for them to be in the same category.
Bintu Jalia lukumu, the Woman Member of Parliament for Masindi district said that, as parliament they have been tasking the minister in charge of public service to handle the issue pensioners because it has become rampant in the country and promised investigate what Masindi district has failed to fulfill.
She also refuted allegations that pensioners in Masindi are the only ones suffering saying that it is a country wide issue.
Musinguzi Charles, the human resource officer in charge of pensioner’s in Masindi disclosed the majority of pensioners are getting their money because out of 365 pensioners in the district 270 pensioners are being paid regularly and they are not complaining.
He also stated that, as a District they also have some challenges obstructing them from doing the needful but assured the meeting to verify pensioners’ documents that are pending.