Kabale Municipal Road Gangs Not Paid

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In short
A road gang member deployed to work in Northern division told URN on condition of anonymity because of fearing to lose her job says she demands Shillings 600,000.

Seventy two road gang members in Kabale municipality are crying foul over their unpaid arrears. Each gang road member earns Shillings 200,000 while their supervisors earn Shillings 250,000 each month.

 
The road gang members claim they haven't received payment since October 2018. They accuse the Kabale Municipal Engineer, Mayor and the Town Clerk of failure to release their pay. 



A road gang member deployed to work in Northern division told URN on condition of anonymity because of fearing to lose her job says she demands Shillings 600,000.
 
 

She says the failure by the authorities to pay them has plunged them into a financial crisis. She wants the municipality to respect their contracts and pay her to send her senior three child to school.
 
Another road gang in Southern division told URN that they have repeatedly approached the Kabale town clerk and Mayor demanding for their pay in vain. He says all the road gang members are now demoralized.
 
 
He suspects the failure of the municipality to pay them is a result of the internal conflicts between the Mayor, Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha, Town Clerk, Joseph Monday and the former Municipality Engineer, Emmanuel Ngirabakunzi who resigned in November 2018. 

The Mayor, Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha declined to comment on the matter. Kabale Municipality Town Clerk, Joseph Monday, said they are aware of the unpaid arrears for road gangs.
 
He however, faults them for running to the media, saying efforts are being made to pay them. Road gangs are deployed to carry out routine maintenance of roads such as clearing bushes and drainage channels.
 

 

About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.