Rakai Teachers Strike over Delayed Salaries

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Ssemwogerere says all the affected teachers resolved to stop teaching as a protest move that will force government to disburse their salaries for the months of March, April and May.

Over 400 teachers in Rakai district have started a strike in protest of government failure to clear their salaries. They claim they have not been paid for up to three months.

Alex Ssemwogerere, the Chairperson Uganda National Teachers Union in Rakai says the affected teachers are from 200 government aided primary schools.

Ssemwogerere says all the affected teachers resolved to stop teaching as a protest move that will force government to disburse their salaries for the months of March, April and May.

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Amina Nakitende, one of the affected teachers from Bbuliro primary school-Mayanja in Kakuuto Sub County says after spending up to two months without a salary, she is forced to look out for another source of income. The mother of three says she is finding difficulty in running a home without an income.

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Beatrice Kakwaya, a teacher at Kyotera primary school has spent 27 years in the profession. However an enquiry at the office of the Chief Administrative officer revealed that she had messed up her particulars, resulting into the delay in salary payment.  She however maintains her particulars have not changed since the introduction of an electronic funds transfer EFT payment system.

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The teachers have also issued a 14-day ultimate to government to clear the salaries or face legal action.

However, Abdul Batambuze, the Rakai Chief Administrative Officer has warned the teachers against abandoning work. He says those who miss work by Monday shall be dealt with accordingly. He further claims that some of the teachers who missed their salaries are under investigation for submitting false information to the authorities.

Jim Mugunga, the Ministry of Finance Spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network on phone that all payments had been disbursed to respective districts and any enquiries should be dealt with at district level.

 

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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."

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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.