Kabarole District Overwhelmed By Claims as Teachers Default on Loans

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Richard Rwabuhinga, the Kabarole district LC5 chairperson says some of the teachers who abandoned duty stations have irregularly been maintained on the payroll. However, the institutions are now demanding that the district assumes the responsibility of clearing the debts as a guarantor.

Kabarole district is overwhelmed by claims from banks and micro-finance institutions over teachers' failure to meet loan obligations. The district local government guarantees civil servants for loans, which they are supposed to service through monthly salary deductions.

However some civil servants especially the teachers have failed to clear the loans, leaving the burden to the district. Reports indicate that several others abandoned the schools after the loan acquisitions.

Uganda Radio network visited some of the schools where some teachers have absconded from duty after acquiring loans. At Good Hope Primary School in Katebwa Sub County, Francis Musiime, the head teacher says that five of the schools teachers were recommended for loans last term. However, all of them have not reported for the new term, now going into its fourth week.

He anticipates that the teachers are evading micro-finance officials, a move which is affecting school activities and pupil performance. He however advises the district to stop guaranteeing teachers who do not have collateral to avoid a repetition of such cases.
 
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A loans officer at Letshego Micro finance in Fort Portal, who preferred anonymity, told Uganda Radio network that some teachers deliberately refuse to service the loans, while others failed as a result of poor remuneration. He reveals that up to 20 teachers who acquired loans from the institution have failed to pay back.

Richard Rwabuhinga, the Kabarole district LC5 chairperson says some of the teachers who abandoned duty stations have irregularly been maintained on the payroll. However, the institutions are now demanding that the district assumes the responsibility of clearing the debts as a guarantor.

According to Rwabuhinga, the district is devising means of dealing with the deviant teachers.

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In July, the finance ministry stopped undertaking salary loan guarantees for public servants. The ministry said that public officers who wanted loans would have to deal directly with financial institutions.
 
 

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

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