In his speech during the celebrations, the Worker’s Representative, Martin Walela, said although people were celebrating Worker’s Day, the employees of Mbale district hadn’t received their salaries. He said the problem of delayed payment of salaries was no longer a secret because it is a huge challenged.
Patrick Twahirwa, the chairperson Uganda National Teachers Union of Mbarara Municipality branch, says they havent received any explanation from the municipality authorities about the delayed payment of their salaries.
When Mrs Jill Kentaro, a grade three teacher, stepped forward to face her first class in 1986, she had 40 eager pupils to instruct. 28 years later, Kentaro struggles to teach a class of 130 pupils in Kampala Capital City Council Authority Kamwokya Primary School.
The ministry of Public Service says it will on June 30th clear salary arrears for teachers who have not been paid since January. Samuel Eitu, the head of human resources at the ministry said yesterday while meeting the teachers from Gulu district that the salary irregularities will end with this financial year.
Julius Odong, a health worker in Gulu, believes the change is long overdue. He says centralizing the payroll was an error because it became easier to falsify payments since the paymasters did not personally know the people they were paying. It also made finding a person to hold accountable for mistakes harder.
Gulu University has provided two of its university buses to transport lecturers who are currently facing a financial crisis and cannot transport themselves to and from the university to conduct lectures and other normal duties.
On Monday, angry civil servants together with their children stormed the office of the deputy Chief Administrative Christopher Oketayot demanding for an explanation. Oketayot had to call the LC 5 chairman Abdul Nadduli who pleaded with them to return at work as government address their grievances but they vowed not work until their salaries are paid.
The development comes after the university council agreed to give a 70% salary incentive to the staff of Makerere effective this October. According to a letter from Council sent to the Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) executive on 27th August, the payment of the incentive will start with the month of October.
Some of the ten players include the first choice goal keeper Tito Kantongole, Vianney Ssekajugo, striker, Issa Lumu, midfielder and Rashid Engule. Others are Ashaddu Bugembe and Herman Wasswa. James Kisekka, the club head coach says apart from the ten who have tendered in their resignation, the remaining players are reluctant to sign new contracts until paid.
Gulu district local government employees are are crying foul over delayed salaries for the month of November, a situation many say will affect their preparations for the festive season if not addressed.