Alleged Mismanagement of the personal and payroll system in District Local Governments of Uganda – The Ghosts of Ntungamo

Alliance for Finance Monitoring (ACFIM) teamed up with the African Institute for Investigative Journalism (AIIJ) to investigate reports of corruption in Ntungamo District’s health sector management following a probe by the State House Health Monitoring Unit.

The unit unearthed an assortment of irregularities that included nonexistent health centers with ghost health workers on the payroll, false accountabilities for Primary Health Care funds, result-based funds, and other monies from the Health Ministry at different Health Centers The interest of ACFIM and AIIJ was spurred by the fact that health service delivery is a subject of national interest and that Ntungamo is the district of origin and birthplace of President Museveni and the first lady, Janet Museveni. Consequently, a documentary titled The Ghosts of Ntungamo, was produced and broadcast on national television and various online platforms.

In 2014, the Government of Uganda adopted the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPS), which partially decentralized pension management with the planning (budgeting) and processing of files done by ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) and local governments (LGs).

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