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Public Servants Must Be Paid By 28th – Muhakanizi

All government accounting officers must ensure they pay wages, salaries, pension and gratuity by the 28th day of the month.

This is the order of the finance ministry Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Treasury (PSST), Keith Muhakanizi, because the government is delivering on its role of timely release of funds for budgetary expenditures.

Addressing the media in Kampala on the release of 6.69 trillion shillings for the first half of 2017/18 financial year, Muhakanizi said the government has made good on its target of releasing funds in time, adding that any recipient who has not received any payment should hold the accounting officer responsible.

The press conference is part of the effort to enhance efficiency, transparency and accountability in public finance management.

For avoidance of doubt, Muhakanizi said quarterly monies to ministries, departments, agencies and local governments are released before the 10th day of the July, October, January and April each financial year, adding that the second quarter monies have already been released.

Muhakanizi said there is no excuse for any accounting officer not to pay wages, salaries, pensions and gratuity of public servants on time, adding that they should display the payrolls for salaries and monthly pensions on notice boards every month.

He said all accounting officers must prioritise payment of service providers on time and avoid accumulation of arrears, adding that efficiency and accountability in public finance management should be by all. He said clearance of domestic arrears must be prioritised in Quarter Two.

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