Gov’t to pay ISO Veterans shs.14.5b next week

Hundreds of soldiers who were working under Internal Security Organization (ISO) have reasons to smile after good news has been announced.

The 863 veterans, some undergoing last verifications exercise at Nakasero primary school in Kampala, has attracted families of fallen soldiers.

Presenting ‘Security Sector NRM Manifesto Commitments, Strategic Guidelines and Directives’ on Tuesday at President’s Auditorium in Kampala, Minister for Defense and Veteran Affairs – Adolf Mwesigye, outlines key achievements, challenges and directives issued by Commander in Chief – President Museveni, nearly four years ago.

Mr. Adolf says security is a pillar of NRM and Uganda, adding: “We have fought wars and complete, and now the army must engage in productive activities.”

“ISO Veterans will have been paid Uganda shillings 14.5 billion out of 29 billion by 21 May 2019, the balance will be paid in fiscal year 2019/2020,” he said, while presenting during Day Two of NRM Manifesto Week.

He also said Luweero Industries Limited run by UPDF has been allocated an increased budget of shillings 10 billion in coming fiscal year 2019/2020 from meager allocation of shillings 2 billion in previous fiscal year – 2016/2017.

Also, security sector will enjoy shillings 37.8 billion as Capitalization Fund in coming fiscal year 2019/2020 in a bid to operationalize UPDF Air Cargo. This he says was President Museveni’s one of the many directives.

Standing in front: (From L – R; Director Manifesto, Willis Basaasha, Defense Minister Adolf Mwesigye, Defense State Minister In charge Veteran Affairs and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defense, Byengoma Rosettie and Lt. Gen. Joseoh Musanyufu who is Joint Chief of Staff .

Byengoma Rosettie – permanent secretary in the Ministry of Defense and Veteran Affairs added that shillings 45 billion is available to construct UPDF specialized hospital.

The monies for construction she says has been generated from peace support in Somalia (under AMISOM).

“The money we got from AMISOM is what we are using for construction. Using that funds we are earning from their sweats is one way of thanking them (UPDF) for their works,” Ms. Byengoma added.

Once completed, she says there won’t be any referrals of UPDF patients abroad for specialized treatment.

“By setting up this hospital, we are going to handle kidney, and cancer patients without referral,” she noted.

About 16 billion shillings has so far been spent on the construction.

On another achievement, 29 boreholes were drilled in different barracks like Olilim in Otuke district, Bombo, Lugazi, Kaabong, Rubongi, Nakasongola, among others to “reduce on expenditure of water bill.” Security (UPDF) has only been allocated shillings 7.7 billion in past fiscal year to cater for water bill.

It’s also accounted for that at least 30,000 housing units to address the problem of accommodation has been constructed.

The Director Manifesto Implementation Unit – Office of the President, Willis Bashaasha applauded both political and technical persons at (the) different ministries (MDAs) for their unwavering efforts in the implementation of the President’s Strategic directives and guidelines, since 2016.

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