Bundibugyo Teachers Threaten to Strike

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A group of about 50 teachers in Bundibugyo district have threatened to hold a public demonstration if their salaries are not paid.

The teachers, most of whom were recruited from districts in southwestern Uganda, have been employed since October last year. Since then, none of them have received their salaries are they complain that they are on the brink of bankruptcy.

The teachers gathered at the Bundibugyo district headquarters on Monday to demand answers from the district officials. They said the unexplained delay in their salaries was illegal and inhumane.

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If the teachers are not paid their salary soon, they have vowed not to return to their schools for the second term on May 25t.

Elias Byamungu, the Bundibugyo Chief Administrative Officer, says a list of the affected has been compiled and submitted for processing of the salaries. He pledges that each teacher will be paid in full by the end of May 2009.

However for the teachers, this action is too little too late. They want the Inspector General of Government to investigate Willy Nshabiirwe, the District Educatio Officer, whom they accuse of botching the salary payment process.