Kampala, Uganda | JULIUS BUSINGE | Halfway through the recently launched whistleblower campaign, a nationwide drive aimed at encouraging workers to report employers defaulting on NSSF contributions, the Fund has unearthed over Shs70 billion from reported cases, it said in a notice.
Figures released by the Fund recently indicate that as of January 8, 2024, 622 cases have been received by the Fund from employees and members of the public, involving over 480 employers across the country, unearthing the said amount.
Figures also show that over 30% of the reported cases of nonpayment of NSSF contributions involve private security companies, followed by manufacturing and the education sector.
“The response from workers across the country, and across several sectors of the economy is encouraging. So far, the amount of money unearthed is either through our automated audit process or through direct demand notes,” NSSF Ag. Managing Director Gerald Paul Kasaato said.
In November last year, the NSSF unveiled an upgraded web-based “Whistleblower Portal” to enable members to report defaulting employers.
The new features of the upgraded portal include a complete anonymity option to protect whistleblowers from possible victimisation and an automatic tracking aspect of reported cases.
In addition, the new portal now allows government labour inspectors to report Government contractors who refuse to contribute to the Fund as prescribed by the NSSF Act, as amended. The Act requires all employers irrespective of the number of employees to remit social security contributions monthly.
He added that once all reported cases are resolved at the end of January 2024, the Fund expects to hit its compliance target of 60% announced at the launch of the drive.
He also said that the Fund has put in place mechanisms through which employers can fulfill their social security obligations without affecting their cashflows, for instance, through deeds of settlement that give employers payment flexibility.
He however said, the Fund will not hesitate to take to court uncooperative employers.