The ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs is considering tabling a bill that will address the pension discrepancies among the previously retired and those who retired employees from as far back as 1960s.
According to Lt Col Bright Rwamirama Kanyontore, a policy framework for veterans is in the initial stages such that when formulated can rectify irregularities in handling veterans issues in the country.
Col Rwamirama, the State minister for Defense and Veteran Affairs made remarks on Wednesday during a half day sensitization exercise held in Ntungamo District Council Hall.
The Minister revealed that the UPDF Act 2005 has been revised and is currently waiting for approval by the Cabinet. It will include a resettlement and rehabilitation policy so that whoever retires from UPDF is not left to go home immediately like it is today.
He said this policy will also address recruitment of the veteran’s children into the UPDF as well as education have them educated.
“Government is able to pay your pension expeditiously within two years since a desk has been created in each district to handle veterans,” he said, urging them to form SACCOs and financial institutions at the district level if they are to benefit from the government and avoid living reckless lifestyle in order to live longer.
He donated Shs2 million to the SACCO of Veterans in the district.
The RDC Ntungamo George Bakunda, his deputy Isaiah Kanyamahaane Byarugaba, councilor Juliet Mpamize Buriiku who represented district chairperson, CAO Joanitah Nakityo all commended the Minister for the courtesy call and asked veterans to be role models in their villages.