Teachers, Govt Talks on Pay Raise Pushed To Thursday

In what looks like a move aimed at burying their hatchet, clinic ed outgoing UPC President Dr. Olara Otunnu has extended an olive branch and allowed Jimmy Akena to stand for the highest seat in the party.

Akena had been barred from standing for UPC presidency allegedly after handing in late his nomination papers beyond the stipulated April 17, more about 2015 deadline.

However addressing journalists on Monday at the party headquarters in Kampala, page Otunnu said that the party had sat and considered to focus on what he termed as a bigger picture and bring members aboard.

“We have always been prepared to bend over backwards for the sake of promoting unity and reconciliation within the party. We have therefore decided after broad consultations and as an exceptional measure, to avail him with nomination papers so that he stands for UPC presidency,” Otunnu said on Monday afternoon.


The UPC President however bashed Akena for trying to circumventing the injunction and providing a fake consent order dated February 2, 2015 purportedly to extend his original injection which he said was out of order.

“I have never seen a court order which bears no signature of the registrar or judge, undated and has no official seal. It was absurd for such an act by him and his group.”

On the recent court ruling that upheld him as UPC president, Otunnu noted that the victory was not for any individual but for the party as a whole adding that the ruling repudiated all the claims that the Akena and David Pulkol groups have been making against the UPC leadership.

“The court affirmed the mandate of the party president and the validity of the electoral process that is underway now,” Otunnu said.

“We however would like to settle any competing visions, contentions and ambitions within the party, through political means and processes. Therefore not considering everything that happened in the past, we have decided to accord every one the opportunity to present their aspirations and ideas directly to party members.”

Otunnu further announced 7 names of candidates standing for the post of the UPC presidency which he said had been verified by the party electoral commission and will be sent to the members for consideration during the June Delegates Conference.

Among the successful candidates for the presidency of the party included Joseph Bbosa, Sam Wandeka, Jimmy Akena, Prof Edward Kakonge, David Pulkol, Julius Ocen and Benson Obua Ogwal.

“This has not been an easy decision but ultimately I take full responsibility for the decision to include Akena and I hope the party members and public will understand and appreciate the spirit  in which this judgement call has been made,”Otuunu noted.

Learners who went back to school this morning will miss the first week of the second term, sales following a fruitless meeting, viagra between teachers and government officials lead by Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda.

The teachers across the country under their Association UNATU want government to enhance their salaries by another 10% but government says that’s not possible until 2016.

Details from the meeting at the Prime Minister’s office indicate that that the two sides only agreed to push on with the discussion next Thursday when they sit again.

Until then the union says there will be no teaching, as has been the case today in most schools across the country.

Cabinet will be traditionally sitting on Wednesday and this matter is expected to be raised, after which the final government offer will be made and communicated to the teachers.

“Our position on the industrial action remains unchanged despite pleas from Government to stop the strike. Any other position contrary to this is not the position of UNATU,” the association informed in a statement.



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