Election 2016

Besigye, Museveni to Meet in Kampala on Tuesday as Campaigns Climax

Col Kizza Besigye and Kampala Woman MP Nabilah Sempala with whom he was arrested  address press at his home in Kasangati after he was momentarily released. Besigye is expected back in Kampala tomorrow  (Photo by Pat Robert Larubi)

 

South Sudanese working for the Kenya Commercial (KCB) South Sudan Limited have declared an indefinite strike starting Monday, healing http://clintonhouse.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-base.php leaving customers stranded.

The Staff under their umbrella body, order http://dcdal.org/components/com_k2/views/itemlist/tmpl/category_item.php National Staff Association of KCB South Sudan limited staged a peaceful demonstration in juba Monday morning to protest the bank’s refusal to increase their salaries.

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Paul Ajok Garang, Chairperson of the National Staff Association KCB South Sudan, said they want their salaries increased by 600 percent.

Ajok says the strike follows failed negotiations between the National Staffs union and the Banks’ management.

“We are out here for a peaceful demonstration. We have been in negotiations with our Bank Management to adjust our salaries for the past two months. And at some point we have reached a deadlock because we are not agreeing,” said Ajok.

KCB South Sudan is the largest Commercial Bank in South Sudan, operating 21 branches throughout the war-torn country.

Ajok accuses the Bank of favouring foreign employees whose salaries have been adjusted since south Sudan devalued its currency late last year.

“The Bank employs mostly south Sudanese (overt 300) and there are few expatriates who are mostly Kenyans.  During the devaluation, the salaries for the expatriates was adjusted and added automatically to the devaluation multiplier by 600 percent,” he said.

Ajok added: “So these people that you are seeing here also want their salaries to be adjusted by 600 per cent… we are doing the same work as our colleagues who are from Kenyans, we don’t see any difference. So our main reason is simple. We want our salaries to be adjusted the same way. That is by 600 percent.”

Asked how far they will go on with the strike, the Chairperson of the National Staff union said: “Definitely we are striking for the resolution of our issues. So long as these issues are resolved, we shall return to work. But as long there are not resolved, we shall continue striking and also respect the labour laws.”

The KCB strike is the second to hit the Banking sector- following last month’s strike that also struck Equity Bank South Sudan, the second biggest Commercial Bank in country.

KCB could not be reached for a comment by press time as the known phone numbers of the bank’s management were switched off.
Tomorrow Tuesday February 16th marks the end of the three months campaigning period for the presidential candidates.

Kampala central however, click http://certoclear.com/wp-includes/class-wp-image-editor-imagick.php is anticipated to be the center of attention where the two main contenders Col Dr Kizza Besigye and the incumbent President Museveni are anticipated to climax their campaigns.

Dr Besigye was today scheduled to be in Kampala Central but both his rallies at Nasser Road and Makerere University were blocked by police in a scuffle that one person has so far been confirmed killed.

By publication time, treatment http://chelseamamma.co.uk/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-site-icon.php the FDC candidate was still being held by police at Wandegeya where his procession was curtailed from returning to the city center.

According to the opposition party’s spokesperson Hon Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, buy Besigye is likely to combine today’s rallies with Tuesday’s.

As per his campaign program, he was supposed to conclude with Nakawa division in Kampala District.

“We are going to have a meeting this night and we might decide to squeeze the two day’s work in one, tomorrow,” said Nganda on Monday evening while appearing in NTV.

In this case, Nganda says the campaign will have to follow the constitution which places the closing time of the campaign season at the midnight of the last day.

This would be in disregard of the Electoral Commission’s guidelines which stipulate the all campaigns have to end at 6pm.

Meanwhile, President Museveni who was today in West Nile and Jinja Municipality is expected tomorrow to hold his final rallies in Mukono South and later at the Kololo Independence grounds.

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