Apart from the District Internal Auditor and the District Production Officer, all other heads of department are in acting positions. According to the Auditor General’s Report for the 2016/2017 financial year, the district had a staffing gap of 160 positions.
The provisions for scheme of service for Human Resource Management issued on October 12 2012 stipulates that any promotional position in the Human resources cadres requires experience in the human resources field of three years at each level which the officers in question do not possess.
The allocation, released as part of the financial year 2018/2019 Quarter three disbursements, follows pressure from public universities staff who had laid down their tools, in protest of the delayed payments. The strike had already started in Kyambogo, Busitema and Makerere University Business School.
The chairperson of the Forum for Academic Staff of Public Universities in Uganda Dr Grace Lubaale told Uganda Radio Network in an interview on Sunday that while they welcome the presidents commitment, they are yearning for the reality in terms of money.
According to the draft budget, the DPP seeks Shillings 250 million for CCTV cameras, biometric access system, scanners and detectors and Shillings 1.26 billion, 7 double cabin pickups for State Attorneys on high risk assignments and 3 Station wagons of Shillings 900 million.
Richard Okulo, a senior clinical officer in Nakapiripirit who allegedly received an extra 900, 000 shillings denies receiving excess pay in his account. Okulo claims that instead, he was underpaid following the salary enhancements announced by government for health workers.
Jackson Omona, the Kitgum District LC5 Chairperson explains that the debt accrued from the recruitment of civil servants without approval from the Ministry of Public Service leading to an understatement of salaries.
Makerere University management split the M6 salary scale to create M6.1 and M6.2, a thing that didnt go down well with more than 500 assistant lecturers. The lecturers have been piling pressure on the university to address the salary disparities prompting Prof. Nawangwe to write to the Public Service Ministry Permanent Secretary for clarification.
The Kalangala District Chairperson, Willy Lugoloobi, one of those affected by the nonpayment, says the new payment system requires that each person on the government pay roll should have a supplier number generated by the Public Service Ministry.
Rwakikara says the district has not recruited any teachers or head teachers since 2013 due to lack of funds. He explains that despite writing to the Education and Public Service Ministries about the issue, they havent been helped.
Mityana Chief Administrative Officer James Nkata told Uganda Radio Network that the salaries were withheld as an internal tool to check on persons who wanted to be paid for no work done. Nkata says that he invoked powers vested in his office by the Public Service Standing Orders, permitting him to withhold salaries of staff that abscond from duty.
The IFMS is an automated budgeting and accounting system used by government entities to initiate, spend and monitor their budgets, process payments, manage and report on their financial activities. It is part of the broader Public Finance Management PFM reforms intended to improve budget preparation, accounting, reporting and auditing processes.