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Rubanda Road Gangs Protest Non-Payment of Wages

Patrick Mugisha, one of the affected road gang members, say that he signed a contract with the district to work as the supervisor of Ihanga-Kyamabare Nyaruhanga road that connects Bubaare and Hamurwa sub-county.

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Forty road gangs in Bubaare, Hamurwa and Ruhija Sub counties in Rubanda district are protesting non-payment of their wages for the last five months. Road gangs are responsible for labour-based road maintenance.

However, the road gangs in Rubanda district Local government claim that they haven’t received any payment since they signed an agreement with Rubanda district in November 2020. Each of the road gang members receives Shillings 150,000 per month while the supervisors (headmen) receive Shillings 250,000 per month. 

Patrick Mugisha, one of the affected road gang members, say that he signed a contract with the district to work as the supervisor of Ihanga-Kyamabare Nyaruhanga road that connects Bubaare and Hamurwa sub-county. Mugisha says that on signing the contract, the district promised to pay them on time. He, however, says that he doesn’t know how it changed and wasn’t paid.

Rogers Arinaitwe, a road gang member from Bushura parish in Bubaare sub-county and Phiona Asiimwe from Ruhija sub-county say that their intentions of joining road gangs have failed to yield results since they are not paid. They accuse the district officials of failing to explain the reasons behind their nonpayment.

John Baptist Twinomujuni, another road gang member from Ruhija Sub-county, says that they even walked to the office of Rubanda District Administrative Officer, Christopher Ahimbisibwe last Friday to inquire why they are not being paid but he instead bounced them. Twinomujuni says that he is now stuck without money and has many debts to clear.   

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Christopher Ahimbisibwe, the Rubanda Chief Administrative Officer, declined to comment on the matter, saying that the matter is very minor and doesn’t need media attention.  He instead referred our reporter to the District Principal Assistant Secretary, Elly Mucunguzi, who said he isn’t the accounting officer. 

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