BY UGANDA VANGUARD
ENTEBBE – Staff representatives from the nine public universities have suspended their strike over Shs150 billion pay rise. They called off the strike after a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni they discuss their delayed salary enhancement. Museveni is reported to have sweet talked his guests and guaranteed them of their cash in the pipeline.
“We met the President and he assured us that our pay rise is in plan and is to be paid. I call on my fellow staff to go back to work,” Mr Grace Lubale, one of the leaders who attended the meeting said Wednesday, August 14th, 2019.
He further explained, “The matter will be reviewed in our next annual general assembly soon.”
In 2015, Museveni directed the enhancement of salaries of staff in public universities with a professor earning at least Shs 15 million each month from the current Shs 2 million.
The Finance, Planning and Economic Development ministry decided to phase the enhanced of the salaries over a period of five years ending in the financial year 2019/2020. However, the staff say the salary enhancement isn’t reflected in the salary structure for the 2019/2020 financial year issued by the ministry of Public Service.
Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwiire the Public Service permanent secretary issued a circular to vice-chancellors of public universities announcing that Shs 15 billion had been earmarked to pay the striking staff.
Musingwiire said this is part of the Shs 150 billion meant for enhancing the salaries for all public officers. At least Shs 138 billion is needed for the enhancement of the salary of staff in all public universities. Shs 58.5 billion is meant for arrears while Shs 78.5 billion is for enhancement for the 2018/2019 financial year.