Pader medical staff protest delayed pay

Health workers in Pader District have abandoned work protesting delayed salaries.

Tuesday January 12 2016

By Robert Owot

Pader- A total of 83 health workers recruited recently in Pader District have abandoned their work stations, claiming they have not been paid salary for the last three months.

The health workers, who have been working since September last year, said since their recruitment, they have never received any pay for the services rendered.

“It’s now three months since we were posted to different work stations at health centres in October 2015 but none of us has been paid even a token,” one of the health workers who declined to be named told Daily Monitor on Friday.
He said their superiors at the district have given them empty promises on salary payments.

“The last empty promise was from the Chief Administrative Officer Pader, Mr Andrew Leru, in December last year when he said all our unpaid salaries were going to be cleared in that month, but nothing was done,” the source said.
“Some of our colleagues have abandoned work at the health centres until their arrears are paid,” he added.

However, Daily Monitor has learnt that money worth Shs1.8 billion meant for the health workers welfare has not yet been put into a fixed account at one of the banks in the district.

A source who preferred anonymity told Daily Monitor the money was put on a fixed account around October 2015 so that it can generate profits for a period of three months at an interest rate of 15 per cent.

“The practice has been continuous by some of the key district officials for some years since the district was carved out of Kitgum District in 2000,” the source said. He alleged that such deals are always arranged between bank staff and district officials at the expense civil servants.

The acting Chief Finance Officer Pader, Mr Phillip Adonga, denied any foul play on the issues of the salaries of the health workers.

Chief administrative officer Leru confirmed that for the last three months, the newly recruited health workers have not yet received their payment. He said the health workers will be paid all their three-month salaries this month.

He said he would seek an explanation from the office of his deputy chief finance officer and the principal human resource officer over the delays.