The Ministry of Finance has ordered ministries and district local governments not to hire any new staff in the coming financial year because government has no money to pay their salaries.
This despite a government audit last year discovering there were over 39,000 job vacancies in several government departments.
Secretary to the Treasury Keith Muhakanizi in a circular dated April 12 to all accounting officers across the country said: “Please note the no funds have been provided for recruitment in the budget for financial year 2018/19. I further emphasize that wage allocation for 2018/19 financial year is for staff in post and no funds have been provided for recruitment.”
The office of the Auditor General in 2017 announced in a report that there were over 39,000 vacant posts in 19 government entities. the Uganda Police Force had the highest vacancies with 28,791 unfilled slots.
Auditor General John Muwanga said at the time: “I advise accounting officers to engage with stakeholders to ensure that vacant posts are filled to enable the entities adequately deliver on their mandate.”
But Muhakanizi was stern in his latest circular: “You are therefore advised to defer any planned recruitment regardless of whether clearance was given by Ministry of Public Service or not until such a time when you have sufficient budget provisions.”