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Teachers, Mbale District Officials Fail to Agree on Payroll Enrollment

During their mediation meeting on Tuesday, the Principal Mbale District Human Resource Officer, Anthony Wabomba told the teachers that they were wrongly recruited and that their posting letters are fake.
Some of the affected teachers

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The 32 primary school Teachers who were appointed by Mbale District in 2020 and never enrolled on the payroll have decided to seek legal redress after failing to strike a compromise with the district leadership.  

The teachers decided to run to the Labor court following the collapse of the mediation talks held at the district headquarters on Tuesday this week. The affected are part of the 64 teachers recruited by the Mbale District Service Commission on request from the district. According to available information, the district requested more than 90 teachers.

 

However, the district service commission recommended 64 teachers to the district, which failed to advertise the vacant positions. As result, the former Chief Administrative Officer, Esau Ekachalen issued positing instruction to only 32 out of the 64 teachers.  

However, the teachers say that they have not received their pay since receiving their posting instructions in July 2020. During their mediation meeting on Tuesday, the Principal Mbale District Human Resource Officer, Anthony Wabomba told the teachers that they were wrongly recruited and that their posting letters are fake.

He told the teachers that he has no solution to their grievances, adding that they were free to seek legal redress since they didn't go through the right recruitment procedures. The Chief Administrative Officer, Lucy Francis Amulen also noted that the affected are not reflected in the records of the District Service Commission records.     

“I don't know how the (CAO), Essau Ekachelan brought them on board. I don't have any minutes of them being appointed,” she said. According to Amulen, she tried to trace for the extract of the minutes from the District Service Commission relating to the 32 teachers in vain.

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Godfrey Namukhobe, one of the affected teachers, says that the comments from the Principal Human Resource Officer were very disappointing and frustrating.  He says that the Human Resource Officer told them during the meeting that even if they cry blood nothing will be done to help them, adding that he is not ready to pay them.

"He remained hesitant and refused to say any positive response to us. Now we have finally agreed and asked the labor Officer to summarize the report regarding the meeting and forward this matter to the high court,” he said. 

Julius Musamali, another teacher said the CAO and District Education Officer abandoned them in the meeting leaving them with only the Labour officer in who is already biased against them.   

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Sarah Nabudde, another affected teacher questioned the integrity of district officials if all they doubt the appointments letters they themselves issued. 

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A lawyer representing the teachers from Mukiibi Nakiyende & Co. Advocates who declined to identify herself said that they have resolved to resort to the court because of the failed negotiations.  

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