Close to 600 civil servants of Hoima City have missed their pay for July.
In April, Parliament approved the creation of Masaka, Jinja,
Mbale, Arua, Gulu, Lira, Fort Portal, Mbarara, Soroti and Hoima cities. The other cities including Entebbe, Moroto, Nakasongola, Kabale
and Wakiso will come into effect in 2023.
However, the staff of Hoima City have not received last month's salary due to the transition from the old payment system of the
municipality to the new system.
A total of 620 civil servants including teachers for primary and
secondary schools, tertiary institutions, health workers, staff in
departments of administration, community and social development and among others have been affected.
Geoffrey Bwagi Bamanyisa, the City Town Clerk attributed the
delays to integrate the details of the civil servants in the new automated
payment system. He explains that the new system involves changing the codes,
Bank Accounts and checking all particulars of the staff.
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Last month, Bamanyisa wrote to the city staff informing them about
the salary delays.
“This is to bring to your attention that due to circumstances
beyond our means, we are unable to pay July 2020 salaries in time. However,
efforts are being made to ensure that salaries are cleared as soon as possible,”
reads part of the letter.
Two weeks ago, Parliament resolved to reject a motion tabled by
the Minister of State for Planning David Bahati which sought to reallocate
funds in the financial year 2020/2021 budget to operationalize the newly
Last month at
the inauguration of Jinja City, the Minister for Local Government, Raphael
Magyezi, said the new cities will be given 1.5 billion shillings each in
addition to the funds already catered for in the recently passed budgets for
them under municipalities to fully operationalize.
According to some of the affected staff, they are struggling to
survive due to lack of salary.
A teacher at Buswekera Primary school in Hoima West Division said she is at the
verge of being evicted from her house for failure to pay rent and lacks food to
feed her family.
teacher from Hoima Public Primary School says that he has been forced to seek
support from well-wishers since he is struggling to provide for his family.