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|Title: ||The challenges of managing the military pension scheme in Uganda|
|Authors: ||Naana, Richard Edward Mugabo|
|Issue Date: ||10-Aug-2009 |
|Abstract: ||Over the years, pension management has presented one of the greatest challenges in Uganda’s public service.
Whereas a lot of research has been done to improve the welfare of pensioners in the traditional public service sector, little has been done to ensure that beneficiaries of the military pension scheme are well catered for just like their counterparts in the traditional service pension sector. This study set out to establish the reasons behind the non-payment of the military pension to the beneficiaries and its implications on the quality of service delivery in the army. The specific objectives of the study were to establish the right beneficiaries of the military pension scheme, when, how and how much is the pension paid. To examine the effects of non-payment of pensions on the beneficiaries. To identify the commissions and omissions made by the Ministry of Defence in administering the military pension scheme; and to find out whether there are any efforts geared towards the payment of pensions to the beneficiaries and to establish the progress of such efforts.
The study was conducted in three districts; namely, Luwero, Kampala and Mubende. These districts were purposely selected because they have the key respondents that were part of the study. The respondents included; pension administrators, claimants, serving officers of the UPDF and members of parliament representing the army.
The findings of the study among others reveals that many claimants (64%) have no knowledge as regards pension management. Pension is supposed to be paid as soon as the claimants qualify to get it. Military pension payment depends on year of death or date when one retired, rank and number of dependants of the deceased. The non-payment of military pension may not directly affect the quality of service delivery in the army because unlike in other sectors or institutions, the serving army officers are managed by orders and not emotions and the on going reforms have given hope for better service delivery. There has been efforts geared towards the payment of military pension as seen in the merging of the pension department in MOD and that of MOPS as well as the passing of the UPDF Bill into an Act.
The study made several conclusions to the effect that the MOD, had not yet developed a proper mechanism to merge the claimants who had served previous government as well as rebels who decided to make peace such as WNBF. The ministry was also unable to educate the military pension claimants on how the scheme practically operates. However it was generally noted among others that there has been positive steps towards the realization of the payment of the military pensions to the beneficiaries.
From the conclusion drawn, it was recommended that the entire military pension scheme be computerized and the beneficiaries should be sensitized on the procedures through which they pass to access their pension money. The military pension scheme should be managed by pension experts. An independent fund should be set up to clear all the military pension arrears among others. Furthermore, it is recommended that further research be made to study the cost effectiveness of merging the pension department of MOD and MOPS.|
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