14 September 2017

Uganda: Political Leaders Threaten to Strike Over Low Pay

Pallisa — Political leaders in eastern region have asked government to increase their salary or else they lay down their tools.

The leaders under their Umbrella organisation, Uganda Local Government Association (ULGA), said they are going to take action within two months, if government fails to respond to their demand.

"Government has been selective in addressing the issue of salary increment. It considers only its employees and neglect the district and LCIII chairpersons yet we do the donkey work at the grass root," Mr John Musila, the chairperson of Manafwa District, said during the ULGA meeting at Pallisa Secondary School in Pallisa District, on Tuesday.

Mr Musila said the government should listen to them because they play an instrumental role in ensuring economic growth and development in the communities.

"We have tried to engage government through our association but it has failed to yield fruits. This signals that we must change our tactics," he said.

The ULGA regional meeting was held under the theme: 'Re-engineering youth participation in local governance and local development'.

"We get small emoluments, which we mostly spent as burial expenses in our respective districts," Namutumba District chairman, Mr Saleh Kumbuga said.

He said there are a number of challenges facing the local governments.

"We receive inadequate funding, which is crippling service delivery," he said.

The ULGA vice chairman, Mr Walter Erakasi Okiring, however, urged district leaders to engage government instead of striking. "We can achieve our demand through advocacy and dialogue with government on a number of key issues includes salary increment and welfare," he said.

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