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No national ID, no salary

16 January 2015, 10:25 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - With effect from next financial year, no civil servant in Uganda will receive their salary without national identity card.

Ugandans have not been carrying national identity cards till mid last year when the government started registering its citizens for ID cards.

The finance minister, Maria Kiwanuka and the secretary to the treasury, Keith Muhakanizi have emphasized that no civil servant will receive salary starting July this year without a national ID.

Muhakanizi said, ''Those who have not registered to get IDs should do so immediately."

According to him, identity card number will be very vital when paying government workers as it will help in weeding out ghost workers who have for long been consuming tax payers' money.

Minister Maria Kiwanuka said that identity cards will also be used in government schools that offer free education.

She said, ''Children in government schools are to be synchronized with the identity cards of their parents. As the children will be reporting to schools at beginning of term, they must be accompanied by their parents or guardians who have national identity cards."

The two government officials also noted that ID cards will solve the problems currently being experienced in remitting pensions.

Muhakanizi further rubbished media reports that the government plans to borrow money during the 2016 elections.

''That is not true. We have enough money to run our operations,'' he said.

This information was revealed at a meeting where the ministry of finance was confirming the release of funds for the third quarter of financial year 2014/2015 at the ministry headquarters in Kampala.

A total of 2.803 trillion shillings meant to cater for wages, non wage recurrent expenditure, development expenditure and debt obligations was released.

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