More than 1,000 civil servants, majority of them teachers and health workers in Arua District, have gone for about two months without salaries and may still miss their May pay.
Mr Jimmy Waigo, a teacher at Ombaci Primary School, told the Daily Monitor on Monday that the salary verification exercise is affecting their work. He said many teachers leave classes to go for the verification exercise at the district offices.
All the affected civil servants have been given Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Forms which the deputy chief administrative officer, Mr Grace Kisembe, said would enable them to access the new Integrated Financial Management system.
However, some teachers complained that no one was giving them directions on how to fill the ETF forms, which may cause more problems in the future.
The Nebbi chief administrative officer, Mr Seraphin Alia, said the 1,350 teachers and other civil servants who submitted their forms without errors are receiving their salaries normally.
“The problem came from civil servants who filled wrong details, mismatched names, gave wrong account numbers and spelling errors on the forms. But once the errors are corrected, they will start getting their salaries,” he said.
How govt is addressing the issue
Government in late March announced new payment procedures for civil servants’ salaries. Secretary to the Treasury Keith Muhakanizi told MPs the government decided to decentralise the salary payment process.
He said this would overcome persistent problems in management of payroll and salary payments, which include delayed payments, accumulation of arrears and existence of “ghost” staff on the payroll.