State Minister of Public Service Sezi Mbaguta and Junior Minister of Finance Matia Kasaija have been directed to make a comprehensive statement concerning the status of salaries of public servants in all ministries throughout the country.
This followed MP Odonga Otto demand from the State Minister of Finance to explain why some teachers have to date not received their salaries after parliament passed the supplementary budget schedule 2. The supplementary budget was meant, in part, to pay teachers’ salaries.
Otto noted that recently Parliament was persuaded to pass a 46 billion supplementary budget to cater for the salaries but to date the relevant authorities are playing hide and seek on the matter.
This also follows continuous outcry of public servants who among others include teachers, health workers and police men who claim to have gone for months without pay.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga observed that despite parliament passing the supplementary budget Schedule 2, many reports indicate that majority of the teachers are still serving without pay.
MPs questioned why in each supplementary budget passed carries an element of catering for salaries of Public Servants but the issue is never addressed.
Recently, it was reported that over 5000 teachers who had been deleted from the pay roll and then reinstated after they had gone for six months without pay.
Also, MPs claimed that some teachers who were rightful beneficiaries from the salaries were deleted from the payroll and replaced by ghost civil servants.
The Junior Minister of Public service claimed that the supplementary budget schedule 3 that was supposed to cater for civil servants salaries was not passed by Parliament and therefore difficult for the Ministry to pay teachers salaries.