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7000 Iganga Workers Miss Pay

According to Gabula, during the verification exercise of civil servants in Iganga early this year, government found Shillings 6 Billion still on the District accounts.

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Close to 7000 civil servants under Iganga District Local Government missed their pay for May 2015. 

Ezra Gabula, the Iganga District LC V Vice Chairman says the problem stemmed from the disagreements between the Local Government and Finance and Economics Development Ministry over the use of Shillings 6 billion.

According to Gabula, during the verification exercise of civil servants in Iganga early this year, government found Shillings 6 Billion still on the District accounts. The money had been requested by the district to clear staff arrears and wages and was yet to be paid out.

However, government thought the money could have been requested to pay ghost workers and ordered the district to return it to the treasury.

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Joseph Maira Mukasa, the Iganga Chief Administrative Officer – CAO says this created a salary gap. Mukasa says the district was only able to pay 200 workers living out 7000 employees.

The nonpayment of the district workers has taken a huge toll on service delivery to residents.  Sarah Kwagala, the Nambaale Sub County Chief told URN they are feeling the impact of the delayed payment of their salaries.

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Baker Kasadhakawo, the Iganga District Education Officer says teachers are not happy about the nonpayment of their salaries but declined to divulge further information saying he was driving in a jam.

Some of the teachers in government aided schools are threatening to lay down their tools unless they are paid saying they can\'t afford transport to their work stations.

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