As government pleads with teachers under their umbrella body Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) to call off their strike, more about http://demamore.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has advised them to push on until their demands are realized.
The Opposition party further urged the teachers to remain strong and not to fall for any intimidation from government officials.
“Anybody blaming teachers for striking is being unfair because it seems government is just taking them for granted. They should continue pressing on until government finds their money because it is actually available,” John Kikonyogo the party spokesperson told a press at the party headquarters in Kampala.
“We should all remember that these teachers held their first industrial action demanding for 100 percent salary increase and government negotiated by promising them an increment of 50 percent which they agreed that it should be paid in three installments in three consecutive financial years.”
Kikonyogo observed that therefore the current teachers’ actions are justifiable and called upon all stakeholders to help them force government fulfill its pledge because once children are not taught, a bigger percentage of the country’s population will be affected.
Kikonyogo noted that government should realize that it cannot force teachers to teach even with intimidation. “The only solution to this is to quickly grant teachers their salary increase and stop victimizing them.”
Teachers announced the industrial action last week and have vowed not to call it off unless government fulfills their request.
However, Government through the Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda announced that the remaining 10 percent salary increment for teachers will be included in the 2016/17 financial year.
The Prime Minister said ‘unique financial constraints’ made it impossible for the increment to be implemented in the 2015/16 financial year.
He also mentioned that there will be no salary increment for all other public servants as well. “Therefore I appeal to all teachers and everybody in the country to appreciate the situation we are in and keep our schools running and the children learning” he pleaded.
Professor Venansius Baryamureeba has assured Ugandans that he is going to win the 2016 presidential elections. He said he has assessed the competencies and experiences of all upcoming presidential candidates and he ranks himself in first position.
A calm but confident Baryamureeba said he has been a politician all his life and that his leadership at Makerere University was characterized by elective processes.
While addressing a press conference at the Silver Springs Hotel in Bugolobi Monday morning, look http://comefare.com/wp-includes/plugin.php Prof Baryamureeba mentioned that Uganda needs somebody good at management.
This comes a day after the renowned academic publicly announced his interest to run for presidency.
“I am not just any academician, http://dangerdame.com/wp-includes/atomlib.php I am known worldwide by a wide range of political actors. Therefore I have support” he said.
Following the publication of his recent book titled ‘They will See Him: Memoir of a Remarkable Life’, he says people have since requested him to implement the ideas raised therein although he had written them for aspiring candidates.
The ICT academician added that the skills required to transform Uganda don’t necessarily need one to have military background. He said he has done enough research concerning and is ready for the task.
“Two parties have so far asked me to align with them but I won’t mention my party until September”
He noted that key sectors like education, health and agriculture have over the years not been given enough resources as required by international standards. He intends to allocate 20 percent of the budget to education and 16 percent to health.
Though he credited President Museveni for scoring well in security, Baryamureeba said that technology is the backbone of modern security and that’s his area of expertise.
He despised allegations that he was involved in financial mismanagement during his tenure as Makerere University Vice Chancellor. He said the audit report cleared him and that people were trying to weaken him.
The Professor wants presidential term limits reinstated, a smaller parliament of not more than 200 MPs and federalism through regional governing.