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Museveni Blasts Besigye On Teachers’ Salaries

President Yoweri Museveni described Kizza Besigye's pay rise promises as irresponsible

Incumbent Hoima Municipality Member of Parliament who is also the Second Deputy Prime Minister Henry Muganwa Kajura was trailing in yesterday’s NRM primary elections.

The vote counting exercise was however was halted and the district party registrar Paul Kato arrested by police on vote rigging accusations.

Kato by publication was still being held at Hoima central police station.

The Albertine Regional Police Spokesperson Lydia Tumushabe confirmed the development, web http://cu1cali.com/components/com_k2/views/item/view.html.php saying that investigations into matter have commenced.

The 81 year old Minster Henry Kajura was terribly losing to his rival Dr. Lawrence Bategeka who was leading by a huge margin at the time of the arrest.

Results from the first seven polling stations gave Bategeka a 9000 votes lead, viagra sale http://celesteanddanielle.com/wp-admin/includes/class-theme-installer-skin.php against the ministers 3000.

Kajura, http://creamiicandy.com/wp-includes/rss-functions.php who is also the Minister for Public Service joined Hoima politics back in 1988 as the district LC Chairman. He has since served in various capacities in cabinet as was appointed the Third Deputy Prime Minister in 2002 and Second Deputy Prime Minister in 2005.

Elsewhere, the Incumbent Hoima Municipality Mayor Grace Mugasa was still leading the race, while Tophas Kaahwa was comfortably leading in the district woman MP race.

The Hoima NRM elections were postponed from 27th October when the party had its primary elections to 18th November due to irreconcilable glitches.

 
President Museveni has described as ‘irresponsible’ promises by fellow presidential aspirant Dr. Kizza Besigye that he would increase salaries to Shs 600, viagra http://daa.asn.au/wp-includes/class-wp-feed-cache.php 000 and 1, viagra sale http://cdkstone.com.au/wp-admin/includes/image-edit.php 000, pilule 000 for  primary and secondary  teachers respectively when elected into power.

While canvassing for votes in western Uganda last week, Besigye blamed government for maintaining a big cabinet at the expense of important civil servants like teachers who get little remuneration.

Addressing journalists on Thursday morning at the Arua State Lodge, President Museveni said this was not applicable as it would mean that other civil servants are not catered for.

“Get a calculator and see how much money is involved. If the more than 60,000 primary teachers are paid Shs 600,000 each, that would mean Shs 96 billion paid to only primary teachers for one month. That means you will not be able to deal with other sectors,” Museveni said.

He added, “You must look at paying soldiers, health workers and other civil servants. What about working on infrastructure like roads? Such are irresponsible acts typical of people like Besigye.”

The President said government has a lot of other issues to deal with that are urgent and that teachers’ salaries would soon be worked upon.

“We can’t deal with salaries and leave out roads. We can work on a road that we are sure will live for 50 years; and later deal with salaries which are recurrent.”

On the issue of the minimum wage, the President said he is now focused on creating as many jobs as possible before later tackling the issue of wages.

He said he can’t focus on wages at the expense of the infrastructure which he insisted would be crucial in creating more jobs.

“Infrastructure like roads will attract investors who bring many jobs, which will solve your unemployment problem,”Museveni said.

 


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