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According to Kaahwa, teaching in Koome Sub County is a patriotic sacrifice one offers the nation given its topographical nature. He uses Shillings 30, 000 from the island to connect to Katosi landing site and district to demand for his salary.
Johnson kaahwa a math and physics teacher at Koome Seed Secondary School showing his appointment and transfer letter.

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Johnson Kaahwa, a math and physics teacher at Koome Seed Secondary School has pitched camp at Mukono district headquarters demanding for his three month’s salary arrears.     

Kaahwa stormed Mukono district headquarters on Tuesday demanding for the Principal Education Officer, Stephen Kazibwe.   The father of five claims thatthee last received payment in February 2019 before he was transferred from Bbaale Secondary school in Kayunga District.       

According to Kaahwa, the district owes him Shillings 4.1 million. Kaahwa is entitled to his salary and hard to reach facilitation allowance since he is stationed on Koome island.

Kaahwa explains that when he missed his March pay, he was convinced that his details were yet to be captured following his transfer. 

He however, says that the problem has persisted without any help.   

 

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According to Kaahwa, teaching in Koome Sub County is a patriotic sacrifice one offers the nation given its topographical nature. 

He uses Shillings 30, 000 from the island to connect to Katosi landing site and district to demand for his salary. 

Kaahwa says it is very hard to find a boat traveling back to the islands in the evening and ends up sleeping in a lodge. 

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Isah Matovu, the head teacher Koome Seed School is worried of losing dedicated teachers as a result of delayed payments. 

“Mr Kaahwa is not alone, there is also Mr. Steven Walakira who is also demanding two months. They would have traveled together but one lacked transport. I have written to the education personel about their matter but we are still waiting for a positive response,” Matovu said.     

He says very few teachers are interested in working in Koome since it involves crossing water. 

The Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Badru Mayanja says has has talked to Kaahwa and convinced him to return to work as his issues are worked upon. 

"His concern has come to my attention and is going to be rectified shortly," he said.        

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