Joseph Ssewungu Gonzaga, the Kalungu County West representative said that the decision to pay science teachers in exclusion of arts teachers is discriminatory and contravenes provision of Article 102b of the Constitution.
When contacted, Patrick Alibu, the Secretary General of the Laboratory Professionals Association who is coordinating the Allied Health Professionals including theater personnel, medical records officers, radiographers, psychologists, dental practitioners and counselors among others said their industrial action still stands and that they are not breaking the law as government claims.
Bernard Okello the Luwero District Human Resource Officer says that the overpayment accumulated within two financial years of 2019/20 and 2020/21 due to the failure of the Integrated Personnel and Payment System
Muruli Mukasa, who is also the Member of Parliament for Budyebo County in Nakasongola District previously served as Minister of Gender from March 1, 2015, until June 6, 2016. He also served as Minister of Security from 27 May 2011 until 1 March 2015.
Sylvia Nabuddo, the Deputy General Secretary, Uganda Medical Laboratory Technology Association (UMLTA) told journalists on Friday that they held a meeting with Public Service Minister Wilson Muruli Mukasa early in the week who promised to address their grievances.
Dubbed the Human Capital Management system, the software will capture the data of all civil servants from the day they are enrolled and will be accessible through a phone App dubbed the people’s HR from the play store.
The doctors' grievances include gaps in human resources where they operate with vacancies of over 600 health workers unfilled, perennial lack of medical supplies and Personal Protection Equipment in addition to the failure by the government to compensate families of doctors who lost their lives in line of duty saving COVID-19 patients.
Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwire, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service has given the accounting officers of the affected districts to tender in an explanation not later than the 15th of August.
According to a letter by Patrick Ocailap, acting permanent secretary ministry of finance, the government has committed a supplementary budget of 4.92 billion shillings to harmonize salaries of all staff at the learning institution in the fourth quarter of the current financial year.
Uganda is one of the countries that were expected to be among the first to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture, by 2030 as outlined in Sustainable Development Goal number two. But since 2015, there seems to be no progress, despite a slight increase in agricultural output, according to the agencies.
According to Cherop, this shows that the government doesn’t recognize the importance of their work, saying they have resolved to lay down their tools on December 30th, 2020 should government fail to address their concerns by end of November.
Robert Olanya, a resident of Amuru Town Council disclosed to Uganda Radio Network - URN that offices at the district headquarters always open beyond the official time of 8:00am as stipulated in the Ministry of Public Service standing order.
In a circular dubbed the Post Lock down Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to ministries, departments and local governments, the Ministry urges staff of advanced age, those with chronic illnesses and breast feeding mothers to continue working from home.
Ahmed Kasibante, an Instructor at Ahmed Seguya Technical Institute, says the payment of instructors is a total mess with different local governments using varied scales. He notes that while some local governments have already implemented the salary increment others have adamantly refused and keep on giving lame excuses.
Following his death, Teso leaders, including Members of Parliament and Ministers from the region engaged government on the possibility of returning his remains for burial. Government later consented and directed the Ministry of Public Service to coordinate the arrangements.
In a letter written by Irene Kauma, a senior official in the office of the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports to the academic staff associations of public universities said the meeting arises out of the staff’s letter to the minister on November 20th that sought her intervention in effective implementation of the Presidential directive.