BY UGANDA VANGUARD
WANDEGEYA – Government has reallocated Shs150 billion for salary increase for teachers, lecturers and nonteaching staff salaries effective November this year. According to Minister for Public Service Mr Muruli Mukasa, the salary enhancement of 30 percent is for primary and secondary schools, tertiary institutions and universities.
“Public universities are to get Shs15 billion while other schools and tertiary institutions are to get Shs135 billion. The money is to be available on their accounts in the second quarter (November to February),” he told journalists at a news conference August 1, 2019.
Muruli further explained, “The money has been reallocated from various government departments and agencies especially for training, vehicle maintenance and operation. This is going to be a challenge in the departments and government agencies but we have to leave with it.”
Permanent Secretary Ms Catherine Birakwate said this is the first phase of salary increase with second one expected next financial year.
Asked about President Yoweri Museveni’s decision to harmonized civil servant salaries, Muruli Mukasa said it could takes three more years.
“Most of these government agencies were set up law, so you need to amend these laws or repel them,” he said. Adding, “Some of the employees have contracts and you cannot just wake up and sack them. Ugandans are now days smart they will go to court.”