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No Payment For Teachers, Govt Insists

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According to the minister for finance Maria Kiwanuka, money available is to invest in other sectors in the country other than the teachers.

‘’ This financial year money is available for agriculture, health and other infrastructure and not the teachers,’’ stressed the minster giving an example of malaria killing thousands of people in the country and needs to be fought.

According to the minister, the 20 percent increment by the teachers is not available not until an additional 20 percent got from the tax payers in the next financial year.

The teachers vowed not to set foot in class as the new term begins citing lack of willingness by government to address their issues by the government.

In an interview with Chimpreports, the UNATU General Secretary James Tweheyo noted that after meeting with teachers, government had agreed to pay the 20 percent increment.

“The government agreed to finance the essential sectors like transport, defence, health and the parliament and the remaining Shs 243bn would be given to the teachers,” said Tweheyo.

Tweheyo therefore noted that government has since turned a blind eye towards their promise.

“We are going to start another 90 days strike starting on September 14 to December 14 and I can assure you that we will not teach or even go schools at all,” vowed the UNATU General Secretary.

“The problem is that the government is not willing to pay. Why are they not willing to let us do the auditing and help them show how government money is being spent?’’ he asked.

He therefore added that the strike is going to spread in all schools. “We shall make sure even the Namagungas where the Minister of Sports takes her children closes when the strike begins,” alleged Mr Tweheyo.

He further said that the teachers have served diligently and patiently but are being exploited by the government to fulfill its own interests.

“The government will not sustain the suppression of the teachers this time round when the strike begins,’’ vowed the UNATU General Secretary.

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