The ongoing National Identity Card Registration exercise in Mataale sub county, Kibaale district has suffered a setback after local council one chairpersons went on strike protesting the failed payment of their allowances.
The sit down strike started on Thursday with village chairpersons vowing not to resume work until their allowances for the month of April are cleared.
It all started when Nauma Bes, a registration Exercise supervisor from Kibaale district, started paying registration officials at Mataale sub county headquarters, including verification and enrollment officials but excluded village chairpersons without a genuine explanation.
The affected chairpersons include Kamaina Francis for Busesa A, John Byamukama for Busesa B, John Byabyebuja for Kajuma, Joseph Katabazi for Kasekenkere and John Manyireki from Kigarama villages.
Kamaina says that they cannot work for one month without pay yet they do not have another source of income. He wants a clear explanation from Kibaale district or else they resign. Each LC1 Chairperson is supposed to earn 300,000 a month. A source in Mataale says that none of the striking chairpersons has reported for duty today.
Joseph Katabazi for Kasekenkere village says that after spending all the time serving the nation; his children want to go back to school and wonders where he will get school fees. He expected that the 300,000 shillings monthly allowance would help him.
When contacted, Kibaale Resident District Commissioner, Kisembo Samuel Araali, condemned the latest strike. He notes that the allowances of the village chairpersons will be paid. He however threatens that if they insist on resignation and fail to resume work immediately, they risk being fired.
He adds that people in the affected villages should continue with registration even without recommendations from chairpersons.