Saturday May 10 2014

Govt to clear all domestic arrears, starts pre-paid water bill system

By Stephen Otage

The Ministry of Finance has said government is paying up all the domestic arrears which have accrued overtime to get rid of a backlog of bills, which are painting it in bad light.

While launching the installation of pre-paid water metres at the Ministry of Health headquarters in Kampala yesterday, Mr Kenneth Mugambe, the director of budget at the Ministry of Finance said the launch of the pre-paid metres is coming at a time government is grappling with the non-payment of accrued domestic arrears caused by indiscipline by some of its officials.
“Government has sufficient money to meet its bills and after this, any accounting officer, who accumulates arrears, will be held personally responsible,” he said.

Water and Environment minister Ephraim Kamuntu blamed the habit of non-payment of bills for the collapse of all former government enterprises because government would consume goods and services which it would not pay for.
Mr Silver Mugisha, the National Water and Sewerage Corporation managing director, said the pre-paid metres are being installed to help government ministries, agencies and departments to conserve and monitor their consumption of water so as to help them plan their bill payments.