Teachers Attack NRM Caucus Members Over Salary Dispute

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Minister Mutende, a member of the caucus tried to defend the caucus in vain. He explained that when the president asked the NRM caucus to decide on the teachers’ fate, they failed to find alternatives for money.

Teachers in Mbale have blamed their salary woes on the NRM caucus. According to the teachers President left the fate of their salary increment in the hands of the NRM caucus, which resolved that there was no money. The teachers expressed their frustration in a meeting with James Mutende, the State Minister for Trade to find a solution to the ongoing strike.

Most of the teachers who spoke to our reporter on condition of anonymity for fear of being victimized accused the NRM Caucus members of being ill hearted. Others say President Museveni is largely to blame for leaving the affairs of the country into the hands of the NRM caucus, which constitute less than a quarter of the all the local leaders in the country.
 
One of the teachers claims that government would have acted swiftly should have the NRM endorsed their pay rise. He claims that the NRM caucus has betrayed the country for long and it was time for President Museveni to realize this before it gets out of hand.

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Minister Mutende, a member of the caucus tried to defend the caucus in vain. He explained that when the president asked the NRM caucus to decide on the teachers’ fate, they failed to find alternatives for money.

Mutende said each member was asked to sacrifice one of the roads which has been identified from his constituency for rehabilitation so as the money is recovered for teachers pay. He confessed amidst booing from the teachers that all the members refused because they could not sacrifice money for roads for teachers.

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The teachers accused government of hiding behind infrastructural development whenever they start demanding for a pay rise. One of them wondered whether it was the responsibilities of teachers to ensure good roads.
 
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The teachers led down their tools on 16th September to protest government’s failure to give them a 20 percent pay rise. James Tweheyo UNATU General Secretary told URN that the outcome of today’s meeting will determine whether the teachers will continue their strike or return to classes.

 

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.