Patrick Bete, a lecturer in the Record and Information Management department, says he last received payment in June last year and his efforts to push for his salary haven’t yielded results. Bete now says he has lost morale of performing his duties since he is unable to send his children to school due to delayed payment.
Nineteen employees of Uganda College of Commerce- UCC Aduku in Lira district
are up in arms over none payment of their salaries. The affected workers have gone eight months without pay
despite numerous promises by t authorities to resolve the problem.
The workers are pushing for payment of their salary arrears to the
tune of Shillings 500M. The affected workers whose names are not on the government
payroll are supposed to be paid by the College Governing Council.
None of the affected staff has reported for the first semester, which opened on
February 24, 2020. A total of 134 students have
so far reported. Patrick
Bete, a lecturer in the Record and Information Management department, says he
last received payment in June last year and his efforts to push for his salary
haven’t yielded results.
Bete now says he has lost morale of performing his
duties since he is unable to send his children to school due to delayed
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Another lecturer told URN on condition of anonymity
that management bought the College bus on loan and all collections from
students are being used to service the loans. This he says is what is affecting
According to the
worker, he is considering laying down his tools
since he is unable to contain pressure from his landlord due to the accumulated
debt, which has compromised his relationship with community members. Fred
Okori, a resident of Alany cell in Aduku Sub County, says they are heavily
dependent on the college, adding that there are worried of an impending strike
based on the way the college is being run.
He says Community members are considering
staging a protest in solidarity with the affected workers. However, the
College Principal, Michael Sam Nabwana says
plans are under way to pay the affected staffers using the money they collected
the last semester.
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Adams, the Chairperson Governing Council accuses the Principal of working “in a
vacuum and isolation.” He explains that the tenure of the current members of
the Governing Council expired but the Principal has failed to organise election
fresh elections for new members.
In August last Year, the staff at the College
turned rowdy and locked up office. They blocked the Accountant, Francis Omara
from accessing office over unpaid salaries. The Criminal Investigation Directorate led by
its Director, Grace Akullo has already launched investigations into the affairs
of the institution following allegation of gross misappropriation of funds.
came after a whistle blower sent an anonymous letter to her office on March 28th,
2019 citing financial impropriety and misconduct by college officials. CID is expected to release its findings sometime
team is investigating loss of Shillings 30 million contributed by students
towards the purchase of the College bus, misappropriation of Shs.113M that was
part of Shillings 2 billion meant for the construction of the new College
Administration and Lecture block among other cases.