200 Civil Servants in Luweero Abandon Work As Salary Delays Persist Top story

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On Monday, angry civil servants together with their children stormed the office of the deputy Chief Administrative Christopher Oketayot demanding for an explanation. Oketayot had to call the LC 5 chairman Abdul Nadduli who pleaded with them to return at work as government address their grievances but they vowed not work until their salaries are paid.

More than 200 health workers and teachers in Luweero have allegedly abandoned work in protest against government failure to pay their salaries for three months plunging the district into poor service delivery.
 
The Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Christopher Oketayot says that the workers are demoralised after missing salaries for the months of December 2013, January and February 2014 due to ongoing data migration program under Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPS) in Ministry of public service.
 
Oketayot says during supervision they found out that some workers are no longer turning up for work daily and they can’t take action on them due to challenges they are facing without pay. He adds that the civil servants are complaining that they are being thrown out of their rentals, families are starving and children unable to go to school due to lack of school fees. Many have resorted to alternative means of a livelihood in the meantime.
 
He added that his office and LC 5 chairman Abdul Nadduli have met the affected workers and pleaded with them to return to work until the problem is rectified.
 
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The Luweero LC 5 chairman Abdul Nadduli also blasted the officials of ministry of Public Service for delayed data migration and incompetence. Nadduli says he is worried if the matter is not addressed in time, patients may die in health centres and it’s unfortunate the less paid are always affected with such changes.
 
Annet Nake Musiika an affected teacher at Lusenke Primary school says that  the school lacks staff quarters,she has been hiring boda boda to go and work but this has proved difficult to her due to lack of money to clear the transport fees. Musiika added that her children have been chased away from school over failure to clear their fees and they are starving at home but the district and Ministry of Public service have never come out to explain why they are not paid.
 
Joseph Lutwama a teacher at Kagembe primary school says that he has been receiving half pay since October and in February he was completely deleted from payroll leaving him with no money to look after his family and relatives.Lutwama says that he is engages in petty jobs at the village for survival but these also are not rewarding and is about to be evicted from the house for failure to clear the rent.
 
Sarah Ndagire another teacher at Nambi UMEA P/S added that she has been surviving on debts from friends but they are also fed up and are on her neck demanding for repayment or they ensure she is arrested.Ndagire says that in such situation working has become difficult and asked ministry of public service to speed up the data migration exercise.
 
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James Musinguzi a resident in Luweero town council says that these are issues that must be addressed by Members of parliament by questioning the line minister over delayed salaries but he is disappointed they meet frequently in state house and discuss how to win 2016 elections and retain president Yoweri Museveni.Musinguzi adds that the salary delay had aggravated staff crisis because some heath units have only three workers and when one abandon work, its likely lead to service breakdown.
 
Efforts to talk to Jonas Tumwine, the spokesperson Ministry of Public Service were unsuccessful but he recently told URN that the data migration will be completed at the end of May 2014. Tumwine added that the new system will solve the issue of salary delay since it is very comprehensive.
 
On Monday, angry civil servants together with their children stormed the office of the deputy Chief Administrative Christopher Oketayot demanding for an explanation. Oketayot had to call the LC 5 chairman Abdul Nadduli who pleaded with them  to return at work as government address their grievances but they vowed not work until their salaries are paid.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.