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Kisoro Health Workers Protest Nonpayment of Lunch Allowances, Deducted Salaries

Martin Habana’bakiza, the Chairperson of Uganda Nurses’ Association Kisoro branch who led the protest, said that much as President, Yoweri Museveni approved the increment of the nurses’ lunch allowances to Shillings 15,000 each day and their assistants Shillings 10,000, nurses in Kisoro are yet to benefit.

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A section of nurses in Kisoro district are protesting non-payment of their allowances for the last three months and unexplained salary deductions. 

Over 50 health workers from different health facilities across the district laid down their tools on Friday and matched in a peaceful protest up to the office of the Chief Administrative Officer.  

They claimed that they have not received their lunch allowances for July, August and September this year. Martin Habana’bakiza, the Chairperson of Uganda Nurses’ Association Kisoro branch who led the protest, said that much as President, Yoweri Museveni approved the increment of the nurses’ lunch allowances to Shillings 15,000 each day and their assistants Shillings 10,000, nurses in Kisoro are yet to benefit. 

Habana’bakiza says this has greatly impacted the morale of nurses and thereby affected service delivery to residents.

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Winfred  Mugisha, the in-charge of the maternity ward and Angella Avuze, In-Charge of Maternal Child Health at Kisoro hospital, say that what angers them is that they have not received their lunch allowances yet they have received credible information from the Human Resource Office indicating that the money was paid.  

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Donald Dushakimana, another concerned nurse, says that health workers should be treated like other human beings who should not work with empty stomachs.  

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It took the intervention of the Resident District Commissioner, Captain Peter Mugisha to calm down the angry health workers. He tasked Ismail Onzu, the Kisoro Chief Administrative Officer to explain the delayed release of the health worker’s allowances.

Onzu attributed the delay to the finance ministry, which is yet to remit the money. He called for patience, saying the matter will be sorted. Onzu says that health workers who suffered salary deductions made errors while filling their promotional forms.

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