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.
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.
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withdrawn from the industrial court and taken to the labor court.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
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
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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.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.