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Chief Administrative Officers Demand UGX 13m Salary

Kabarole Chief Administrative Officer Dunstan Balaba says that salaries of the CAOs needs to be increased from the current gets 1.7 million Shillings to at least 13 million Shillings and that of town clerks from the current 940,000 shillings to at least 11 million Shillings.
The CAOs and Town Clerks in a meeting at Parliament

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Chief Administrative Officers (CAO) and Town Clerks have reiterated a demand for their salary increment to a figure that they say is commensurate with their responsibilities.

Kabarole Chief Administrative Officer Dunstan Balaba says that salaries of the CAO's needs to be increased from the current gets 1.7 million Shillings to at least 13 million Shillings and that of town clerks from the current 940,000 shillings to at least 11 million Shillings.

Balaba was making a presentation before the Local Government Accounts Committee of Parliament which is reviewing issues raised in the Auditor General's report for the financial year 2015/2016.

Balaba said the workload for the accounting officers is so heavy yet they remain the least paid in the government set-up.  There are 41 town clerks and 121 CAOs across the country.

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The town clerks added that the poor pay is not justifiable for persons who are in charge of billions of Shillings every day adding that many of them and are living hand-to-mouth.

Committee chairperson Reagan Okumu says districts and municipalities have been poorly funded with funding dropping from 30 percent to only 10 percent and advised that the government should focus on channelling more funds to the local governments.

The Accounting officers appeal comes at the backdrop of numerous quests for a salary increase by doctors, teachers, judges, among others. Last year, officials from the Judiciary and health sectors started separate strikes that paralyzed the country while demanding for better pay and improved working conditions.

The government has since promised to enhance the pay of doctors and judicial officers. 

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