KAMPALA- At least 3,000 civil servants have either not received their salary adjustments after they were promoted last year or missed their monthly pay without reason.
Mr Filbert Baguma, the Uganda National Teachers’ Union labour relations officer, yesterday told Daily Monitor that more than 2,000 teachers working within Kampala Capital City Authority have not received their May pay while Nakasongola has more than 1,000 affected civil servants.
“More than 1,000 civil servants in Nakasongola District, majority being teachers, didn’t get their March pay. As I talk now, the salary for May is not yet paid for 2,000 teachers within KCCA.
When the problem is for government, they don’t give you genuine reasons. But I think this arises from underbudgeting. Non-salary payment is common in most local governments. You find a number of people missing salary and without reason,” Mr Baguma said in an interview.
The problem of unpaid and delayed salaries is widespread across the country, according to Mr Baguma. He cited Hoima Municipality, Maracha and Masindi districts as some of the affected districts. He also pointed out that some teachers were promoted to different levels but have never received their pay.
“Teachers in Kibaale District were promoted but continued to get Grade Two salary. Some lecturers in the five national teachers colleges, who were promoted to senior lecturer and principal lecturer respectively, have not got their pay either and this demoralises them,” Mr Baguma added.
Ministry of Finance spokesman, Mr Jim Mugunga, yesterday said: “Monies as budgeted for salaries were released to their respective accounting officers. Questions as to why they have not been paid should be put to them.”
However, Mr Peter Kauju, the KCCA spokesperson, yesterday attributed the current salary challenge their authority is facing to budget shortfall but declined to give details.