District Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs) have distanced themselves from the payroll mess which has led to the delay of salaries, ghost workers and non-payment of genuine workers. They have told the Parliamentary Select Committee investigating the matter that it is solely the Ministry of Public Service that is responsible.
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.
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.