MP Sewungu Now Wants Salary Rise for Police, Makerere Staff


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Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka announced on Thursday a salary enhancement for Primary School Teachers at 15 percent, and 30 percent for Science Teachers in Post Primary Education and Training Institutions.

This was part of the total allocation of Sh1.8 trillion to the education sector, representing 13.3 percent of the total budget.

Ssewungu said this was an enormous reward to his relentless fight for the downtrodden teachers’ cause.

The legislator has been widely vocal in pursuing the teachers’ salary increment, using mainly radical means.

He recently rallied them into nationwide sit-down strikes that considerably paralyzed the academic calendar.

Ssewungu further filed a case in High court seeking for a temporary order to block the reading of last Thursday’s National Budget due to reduction of the capitation grant given to UPE schools by government.

The lawmaker, through his lawyers, had warned that the continued reduction of the UPE capitation grant would have a serious negative impact on the quality and standards of education received by children of the school going age in UPE schools.

The case was to be dismissed by the Court, on grounds that resources available to government are not only meant for the Education Ministry but all the other players.

“This fight is over now and I am embarking on yet another one: That of lecturers at Makerere University and Uganda Police officers who up to now are miserably underpaid,” Sewungu noted.

He called upon the two groups to support him and embrace his radical strategy as they are at times the only way to get government respond.

“I am particularly asking my friends in police to listen to me for this time round. When I come to your barracks, you should put away the teargas and let us talk through this,” he said.


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