Parliament has on several occasions appealed to the government to expedite the establishment of a Salary Commission to regularly review salaries and payroll management in the implementation of the Integrated Personnel Payroll System.
This was recommended by a 2014 report by Parliament’s committee on Public Service and Local Government on the Payroll anomalies in the Uganda Public Service.
Minister of State for Public Service, Mary Mugasa has told Members of
Parliament that a Salary Review Commission that is envisaged to solve pay
disparities will be in place in the next two months.
was on Monday appearing before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC)- Central
Government in regard to audit queries raised by the auditor general on payroll
management in different regional referral hospitals.
Lubega Sseggona, the committee chairperson tasked the Minister on failure to
increase and improve the welfare of public servants and causing professionals
to decline deployments at certain stations or working for government.
is your policy and plan and what guided you in determining who a scientist is and
how did you choose to begin with one group of workers in which case, you have a
science teacher earning more than the head teacher who is a history teacher by
training?" Sseggona asked. "Is it law or policy.”
response, Mugasa said that government only started with scientists and that a
pay plan across the government will be in place next year to enable the enhancement of
salaries. Mugasa assured MPs that the salary disparities among civil servants
are to be solved through the review commission whose establishment was already
approved by Cabinet and only awaiting the selection of members to the Commission.
in: “it may not…//
out:…about that issue.”//
response did not satisfy MPs who questioned the intention of the government to
increase salaries selectively. Sarah Opendi, the Tororo Woman MP said that this
decision by the government is discriminatory.
in: “a science teacher…//
out:...under one umbrella.”//
Mugasa said that the decision by the government is not discriminatory but was
informed by limited financial resources to enable the increment of salaries across the
Review Commission is also in our interest as a Ministry and this is not going
to delay," Mugasa explained. "We are going to expedite the process and we are looking at two months
because the preliminaries are already done and just waiting for the legal
process…then we can put in place everything.”
said that the Salary Review Commission which is in the pipeline will solve the
in: “was presented to…//
out:...but common sense.”//
Sseggona wondered why government started with implementing a non-existing
policy as opposed to establishing a Commission first.
Parliament has on
several occasions appealed to government to expedite the establishment of a
Salary Commission to regularly review salaries and payroll management in implementation
of the Integrated Personnel Payroll System -IPPS.
This formed part of
recommendations by a 2014 report by Parliament’s committee on Public Service
and Local Government on the Investigations into Salary and Payroll anomalies in
the Uganda Public Service.
The report adopted by
Parliament indicated that the Ministry of Public Service was overwhelmed with
Salary and payroll management issues alongside a series of other obligations.
Key among them is the deduction of subscription fees for Uganda National
teachers Union (UNATU) from teachers and loan repayments due to commercial
institutions where public servants have sought credit.