According to the charge sheet prepared by Brenda Kimbugwe, Manager Prosecution in the Inspectorate of Government endorsed by Jane Frances Abodo, the Director Public Prosecution – DPP, the suspects caused the government a financial loss of more than Shillings 27.4 million between May 2015 and April 2016.
They were arrested last evening following investigations into reports that the number of teachers students in the schools did not match what is reflected on the official record. The investigations were led by Sembabule Resident District Commissioner Henry Baguma.
Sulaiti Sebbowa, the District Service Commission Chairperson said the dismissed teachers, failed to defend their papers before a probe committee while a number of others confessed to using dubious means to access the district payroll.
Richard Rwabuhinga, the Kabarole district LC5 chairperson says some of the teachers who abandoned duty stations have irregularly been maintained on the payroll. However, the institutions are now demanding that the district assumes the responsibility of clearing the debts as a guarantor.
UNATU says at the height of their sit-down strike and negotiations in 2012, they demanded that each teacher be given his/her pay-slip. Schools were also expected to be provided with teachersâ€™ payrolls. James Tweheyo, the UNATU Secretary General, says this would help in rooting out ghost teachers and those whose salaries were illegally deducted.
One of the ghost names earning more money than any other teacher on government payroll is Kapisa Agnes Norah, who is registered as a grade three teacher at Akoboi Primary School in Katakwi district. According to a pay-slip issued to Kapisa on 28th November 2012, she was earning a net salary of over 1.5 million shillings. This is six times more than what her other colleagues with the same grade earn.
So far the exercise that has covered Northeastern, Eastern and parts of Central Uganda shows that over 400 teachers in government aided secondary schools accessed government payroll illegally. In the northeastern, 302 cases of fraudulent access to payroll has been registered while parts of central where the validation exercise has taken place, 165 cases have been reported.
Ssengendo David, the Chairman Uganda Primary School Head Teachersâ€™ Association (UPSHA), said that schools are receiving minimum supervision from even head teachers who tend to leave schools in the hands of teachers who are also supposed to be supervised by the head teacher.
Following the NRMâ€™s Caucus resolution on Monday this week to increase teacherâ€™s salaries by 4% instead of the promised 20% increment by government in this Financial Year, MP Amuriat Oboi Patrick has described the suggestion as an insult.