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Museveni Orders On Teachers’ Salaries

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buy geneva; color: #333333; font-size: small;”>This followed complaints from Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) that the salaries for June had not been remitted which had made their life miserable.

In an interview with Chimpreports last Thursday, James Tweheyo, the Secretary General of UNATU revealed that primary teachers from 47 districts have not received their salaries for months now.

He further said teachers from Buvuma, Moroto and Kumi have never received a single coin from government since April this year.

Tweheyo clarified that many teachers find problems in accessing and providing basic needs to their families because of delayed salaries.

He also attributed the poor academic performance of children to the problems faced by teachers.

“The poor situation has had a big impact on the performance of children since many teachers decide not to teach because of lack of facilitation and hunger.

The caucus meeting which ended at 5:30pm agreed unanimously agreed to support teachers’ enterprises through SACCOs beginning this financial year.

This Financial year’s budget assigned Ugshs 5 billion for teachers’ SACCOs. The amount would be grown to Ugshs 25 billion over a period of 5 years.

This would save teachers from loan sharks who have perpetuated the former’s misery by lending them money at high interest rates.

According to the Special Presidential Communications Assistant, Sarah Kagingo, the caucus resolved that Ministry of Finance liaises with Ministry of Public Service to immediately effect payment of delayed salaries for public servants.

The Attorney General was given one day to resolve legalities regarding the payment.

President Yoweri Museveni called upon members to remain united behind the focus to grow the economy through infrastructure development.

He explained that whereas development of infrastructure like roads, electricity, railway and water-ways were mainly one-offs, infrastructure was essential to industrial growth as it lowers costs of business and production.

“Increased industrial growth would broaden our tax-base and the revenue there from would support the country’s recurrent expenditure that includes salaries,” said Museveni.

Leaders at all levels were urged to encourage entrepreneurship among Ugandans as Government jobs, standing at only more than 300, 000, could not absorb all school leavers.

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