Prosecutors from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution under their umbrella association of Uganda Association of Prosecutors (UAP) have vowed not to report to work starting tomorrow Wednesday, after the Government failed to address their salary demands in the 14days Ultimatum period provided.
On 23rd June this year, prosecutors attending an extraordinary meeting in Kampala elected to give government 14 working days to address their problems which include increasing their salaries as well as their working conditions
These agreed that the lowest earning prosecutor should have their salary increased from 644,000 to 9 million shillings and the DPP’s pay to be upped from 11 million to 40 million shillings.
UAP chairperson David Baxter Bakibinga after the elapse of the 14 days without any response from government,has declared a strike starting tomorrow.
“Our strike will be peaceful because we are part of law enforcement team of this country. We have been patient and we played our role and now it’s the turn of our employers to also play their role,” he said.
On receiving this information however, the senior communications in the judiciary Solomon Muyita issued a statement assuring the public that courts will continue to function normally tomorrow, basing on reassurance from the DPP Mike Chibita himself .
“It has emerged from the discussion between Judiciary’s Chief Registrar Paul Gadenya Walimbwa and the Director of Public Prosecution Justice Mike Chibita that there is no industrial action by the State Attorneys” Muyita revealed
UAP chairman Baxter Bakibinga on the other hand emphasized that the strike still stands and that no one will district them.
“We cannot be intimidated by our employer because our strike is lawful; we are an association with a separate secretariat that handles various duties,” he stressed.
Bakibinga further assured his colleagues that nobody will dismiss them from work because there are labour laws which protect them especially when participating in such lawful strikes