Rights Body Appeals to Parliament for Better Pay

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The Uganda Human Rights Commission UHRC has asked Parliament to consider its long time request for better remuneration.

The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) has asked Parliament to consider its long time request for better remuneration.
Meeting the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah, the Commission's Chairperson Meddie Kaggwa said whereas the Ministry of Public Service harmonized Commissioners' salaries with that of Permanent Secretaries, the same has not applied to UHRC.
"We are here to re-emphasize the need for financial support to the Commission, particularly salary enhancement of the Commissioners," said Kaggwa.
Kaggwa said whereas a meeting on the same issue was held prior to passing the current budget for financial year 2017/2018, not much was materialized. He said the Commission's Secretary earns better than the Chairperson and all Commissioners, which he said is not hierarchical.

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Deputy Speaker Oulanyah said he will interest all decision makers in considering the request.
"It is true we met in July last year with the key people; the Ministry of Finance has not placed this request in the documents we have seen," he said.
"My undertaking is that I will inform this Parliament so that we do whatever is required…at least we handle the first category of Commissioners first," said Oulanyah.
A number of agencies are asking for pay raise, with the calls being re-echoed by trade unionist Usher Wilson Owere during the Labour Day celebrations in Ssembabule district yesterday.
President Yoweri Museveni, however, scorned at the salary increment calls, saying the resources available should first cater for infrastructure.
Museveni labelled the doctors who recently went on strike as enemies of the country, saying he supported the importation of Cuban doctors because of the arrogance of the striking medics.
Reacting to President Museveni's statements about demands for salary increments, Kaggwa said that their demand is within their rights.
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With the current consideration of the budget for the Financial Year 2018/2019, agencies are lobbying Parliament to allocate funds to cater for perennial staffing and remuneration constraints.
According to the salary review documents which the Public Service Ministry submitted to the Ministry of Finance for adoption, medical workers, prosecutors and science teachers are the biggest beneficiaries of the new enhanced salary structure for public servants in the coming financial year 2018/2019.
Police, prisons officers and soldiers are to also see their salaries increased in the new structure approved by Cabinet.


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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.