LCs Push for Pay Rise

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Local Council leaders in Northern Uganda are demanding for an increment in their emolument because of the high cost of living. They include LC V chairmen, District council speakers and LC III chairpersons.

Local Council leaders in Northern Uganda are demanding for an increment in their emolument because of the high cost of living. They include LC V chairmen, District council speakers and LC III chairpersons. The leaders under Northern Uganda Local governments’ association voiced their demand for a pay rise in a meeting convened over the weekend.


Martin Mapenduzi Ojara, Gulu district chairperson called on the government to increase the emoluments of the local councilors both at the district and the sub-counties to meet the ever changing demands. He says this call is necessitated by the high cost of living across the country;

 
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Alex Oryema Lot, Lira district chairperson agrees with his Gulu counterpart. Oryema says for the leaders to perform effectively, their pay must be increased. Oryema specifically wants the emoluments of LCIII executives increased saying that they have no resources at their disposal.
 
 
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Robert Okumu, Nebbi LC V chairman supports the idea. According to Okumu, LCV chairpersons should be paid five million shillings, the speaker three million shillings, while the executive members should earn between two million and two million and five hundred thousand shillings each.

The leaders from the region also proposed amount of one million and five hundred thousand shillings for the LCIII chairpersons.

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Okumu says the local leaders face a lot of pressure from the community members yet they do not have the resources to meet the needs of the masses. The president of the association, Peter Odok Wud’Ocieng, the LCV chairperson of Agago district has concurred with the leaders from the region.

Odok says the members of the region will adopt the proposals made by the West Nile region and present to the minister of local government for immediate implementation. He says with bulk of the development work done by the local council officials, it is absurd to note that they are the least paid politicians in the country;

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He wonders why Members of Parliament who do not even consult the locals when they are making laws are left to determine their own salaries and emoluments and yet the district and sub-county leaders who do the bulk of the work are left yawning.

Odok says ULGA will pursue the issue of pay rise to the leaders with various stakeholders to ensure that they are fair enough for effective service delivery. Officials of the local government ministry have not yet commented on the demands of the Local Council Officials.

 

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