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Over 30 Teachers Yet to Appear on Mbale District Pay Roll A Year After Appointment

Sarah Nabude, who was teaching at Joy Blessed, a private Primary School in Mbale is one of the over 30 affected teachers. She says that after applying for the job, she was called to sit for interviews in December and received her appointment letter and was posted to Buzalanzo Primary School.
Kutos Godfrey's posting instruction

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At least 32 teachers appointed by Mbale District Service Commission in 2020 are yet to get on the payroll. In 2019, the then Mbale Municipality issued an external advert seeking to recruit 34 primary school teachers.

Mbale district service commission recommended some of the applicants who had passed interviews to work under the district that had requested for over 90 teachers. Only 64 were recommended to the district, which had failed to make an advert.

 

However, 32 out of the 62 teachers who were appointed and given posting instructions by the Chief Administrative Officer have never appeared on the district pay roll since their appointment in July 2019. Uganda Radio Network has seen copies of appointment letters and posting instructions for some of affected teachers.

The teachers claim that when they received their posting instructions they started teaching until the president announced a second lock down. They claim that their efforts to get on the pay roll have not yield results. In February, this year, 20 of the 32 teachers dragged Mbale district local government to the Industrial Court. 

They asked court to compel the district to pay them their salaries for 8 months that they taught, them on the pay roll and pay damages of the suit. The case was however withdrawn from the industrial court and taken to the labor court.    

Sarah Nabude, who was teaching at Joy Blessed, a private Primary School in Mbale is one of the over 30 affected teachers. She says that after applying for the job, she was called to sit for interviews in December and received her appointment letter and was posted to Buzalanzo Primary School. 

Nabude says that when she got posting instructions in July, she proceeded to begin work and taught from October to March but she has never received a penny. She says that Principle Resource Officer of Mbale District Anthony Wabomba verbally terminated their services in October. 

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Martin Mukwana, another teacher said that in the course of duty, the then Chief Administrative Officer, Esau Ekcelani was transferred to Paliisa. He says that shortly after his transfer, the Principle Resource Officer verbally told them that they had obtained fake appointment letters and were not allowed to teach in the schools where they were posted to.   

Mukwana, who was teaching at Bunambutye Primary School, says that the Human Resource Officer told them during a meeting that there was no minute to authorizing their payment.

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Julius Musamali, who was posted to Longolo Primary School, says that he was instructed to teach the P.6 and P.7 classes. He says that he had the news of their plight from the school head teacher who told him that the district doesn’t need since they were carrying illegal appointment letters. He says that they decided to seek legal redress.

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Shikoye Milka, who was posted to Busiu Primary school, says that the appointments made them to resign from their former work places with the hope of securing a permanent and pensionable job. 

She said that every time they went to the district the Principle Human Resource Officer would tell them that they did not go through the right procedures to get the jobs.

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Godfrey Kutosi, who was posted to Bumalelo Primary School, says that he raised the issue of their termination to the Inspector of Schools and District Education Officer- DEO who told him that they were in the school legally and should continue teaching. 

He said that the DEO told them that termination letters are supposed to be signed by him, which he has never done.

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Mbale Chief Administrative Officer, Francis Lucy Amullen, says she was not in position to comment on the matter since she was new in office. She referred this reporter to the then CAO Ekachelan who signed on the appointment letters and posting instructions given to the teachers.    

The Principle Human Resource Officer, Anthony Wabomba told Uganda Radio Network that the appointment letters that the teachers possess are fake although he acknowledges that they were appointed to work. He says that they later withdrew the appointment letters from them.  

“For CAO to issue an appointment letter, he or she must refer to an instrument from the DSC, which is the only appointing authority. We withdrew the appointment letters because the teachers had fake appointment letters. I will prove this when we are in court,” he said.       

   

Boaz Kamuli, the Mbale District Education Officer, says that when he got letters from the CAO that were appointing the teachers through the DEO’s office, his job was to forward the names to the next office, which he did.    

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