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Uganda: Parliament Passes Law on Retirement Benefits for Top Government Officials

(Aug. 2, 2010) On June 23, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament approved the Emoluments and Benefits of the President, Vice President and Prime Minister Bill 2009, governing the salaries, allowances, and retirement benefits of those officials as well as entitlements of their surviving family members. (Bills Second Reading: The Emoluments and Benefits of the President, Vice President and Prime Minister Bill 2009, 4:3 PARLIAMENT OF UGANDA ENEWSLETTER (June 21 – 25, 2010), http://www.parliament.go.ug/enewsletter/index.php/home/view/76/.)

The law provides generous benefits to these officials and their families upon retirement or death while in office, provided they uphold the law during their tenure. Under the new law, the three top officials, on retirement, are entitled to, among other things, a fully furnished house, chauffer-driven cars, health insurance policies, and security guards. In addition, the retirees are paid an education allowance for up to four biological children. (Parliament Approves Retirement Benefits for the President, The Parliament of the Republic of Uganda website, http://www.parliament.go.ug/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&a
mp;amp;id=680&Itemid=65
(last visited July 30, 2010)). The officials are disqualified from claiming benefits if they have committed a crime during their tenure, such as subversion, extrajudicial killing, theft, or money laundering. (Id.)