0ver 300 Pupil Enrollment Officers Strike Over Pay

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Ivan Kimbowa, one of the affected enrollment officers told URN that they couldnt continue working without any money. He explained that NIRA doesnt provide them lunch and transport allowances yet they have to work daily.

At least 300 enrollment officers involved in the mass enrollment of pupils in Greater Masaka under the  National Identification Registration Authority-NIRA have laid down their tools to protest none payment of their allowances.

 
In July this year, NIRA embarked on the mass enrollment of pupils nationwide. The exercise rolled out in the nine districts of greater Masaka in August.  Each enrollment officer is entitled to a daily allowance of Shillings 15,000 as stipulated in their contracts.

 
The enrollment officers work throughout the entire week including on Saturday and Sunday. However, on the enrollment officers convened a crisis meeting at Muto complex in Masaka municipality and resolved to suspend the enrollment exercise to protest the failure by NIRA to pay them. 


The officers claim that they haven't received their allowances for the last two months, making it extremely difficult for them to continue working since they can't afford their basic needs.
 
 
This morning, our reporter visited Kiyimbwe primary school, St Bruno primary school, Hill Road public school and Masaka secondary school but found no activity. The only two enrollment officers our reporter found at Hill Road Public School closed and left.


Ivan Kimbowa, one of the affected enrollment officers told URN that they couldn't continue working without any money. He explained that NIRA doesn't provide them lunch and transport allowances yet they have to work daily.
 
 
He says that without the money, they can't afford to move around schools to carry out the pupil enrollment. Kimbowa says they will resume once NIRA releases their allowances.
 
Gilbert Kadiro, the NIRA Communications Officer, blames the delayed payment of the enrollment officers on their failure to submit their bank details and Tax Identification Numbers-TINs.

 
He says only a few of the enrollment officers have submitted their bank details and TINs, adding that they have started paying the allowances and expect to complete by the end of this week.
 

However, some of the affected enrollment officers, say they submitted their details including mobile money numbers.  Security officials were in a closed door meeting with the affected officers by the time of filing this story.
 
 

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.