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Moroto Civil Servants Demand Pay Slips

In Nakapiripirit, officers say they last received pay slips in 2016. Jane Asege, a health worker in Nakapiripirit says they are at the mercy of their bosses since they dont know how much money they are supposed to get.
Nakapiripirit district administration block.
Civil servants in the districts of Moroto and Nakapiripirit are demanding for pay slips. 

A pay slip shows the amount of variable deductions, such as tax and National Insurance. It serves as the proof of the salary that a person draws from the employer. The document can also be used when an employee seeks to acquire a loan, among others.

However, following salary enhancements announced for this financial year, a number of civil servants in the districts say they have not realized any increment in their pay. Others claim that there are deductions from their pay that are not explained by the district officials.

In Nakapiripirit, officers say they last received pay slips in 2016. Jane Asege, a health worker in Nakapiripirit says they are at the mercy of their bosses since they don't know how much money they are supposed to get. 

“Every time we ask for pay slips, those responsible tell us that they have them but when we demand to see them, they instead tell us that they are busy. Even if you walked to office in the morning and found the officer free, no one shows you a pay slip. For three years now, I don't know whether my salary was increased or not but I keep receiving pay monthly” one of the sources who preferred anonymity said.

David Esiru, the Uganda National Teachers Union, UNATU secretary in Nakapiripirit district says many of his colleagues no longer receive annual increments.  He attributes it to non-issuance of pay slips in the district.

In Moroto, Henry Emaase, the teacher at Moroto High School says his salary has reduced from more than 700,000 to 680,000 shillings after the new financial year. He explained that no one has given any explanations for the deductions yet pay slips would help him understand. 

According to Samuel Ewangu, UNATU chairperson for Moroto district, they have raised issues of pay slips in numerous management meetings but with no changes. He says his teachers just rely on the district releases.

“There are times when some teachers experience deductions that are not explained but what to do. Most of them even fear to raise it to the district as officers here tend to be rude. We need pay slips because it's our entitlement” he said during Teachers Day at Moroto Boma ground.

Joseph Onyang, one of the human resource officers in Moroto says pay slips are only given on demand from the employee. But Aron Situma, the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Moroto says that it was an oversight.

“As an administrator, I want promise that we shall start issuing staff with pay slips. I didn't know that they have not been receiving their pay slips but we usually display the payroll on the notice board”, Onyang says.