Kassanda North MP Patrick Nsamba Oshabe expressed concern that the low-ranked officers and men of the army have not been considered for the enhancement, adding that the selective increment puts the country in a very difficult situation.
Parliament has questioned the selective enhancement
of salaries for officers and men serving in Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).
The query is based on reports that salaries
for UPDF top officers were to be doubled effective this financial year
2022/2023. The new salary structure
puts the salary of a General at 15 million Shillings, a Lieutenant General at 13 million Shillings, Major General at 12 million Shillings, a Brigadier at 10 million Shillings, a Colonel at eight million, Lieutenant Colonel
at five million and Major at 2.5 million.
Army Spokesperson Brig. Gen
Felix Kulayigye acknowledged that the salary
enhancement options were proposed to the Ministry of Finance during a High Command
meeting held on July 6, 2022. The meeting agreed on a hybrid option of
enhancing General Officers’ salaries by 100 per cent, Senior officers by 50 per cent and
Captain to Private by 33 per cent.
Today, Kassanda North MP Patrick Nsamba Oshabe expressed concern that the low-ranked officers and men of the army have not been considered for the enhancement, adding that the selective increment puts the country in a very difficult situation.
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Busia Municipality MP Geoffrey Macho wondered
security forces like the Uganda Police Forces and the Uganda Prisons
Services were not also considered for the salary raise. In view of the questions, the Speaker of Parliament Anita Among observed a need for a
salary review commission to look at the salaries of all public servants and ensure that all Ugandans are treated equally.
In response, State Minister for Defence Jacob Oboth said that the junior
officers from the rank of Captain and below got a pay rise in 2018, and
at the time, the upper ranks were not considered for the same. He added
that the intention of his Ministry would be
to make the pay increase available for everyone.