Uganda: District chairpersons petition President over salary increment

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KAMPALA. District chairpersons under their umbrella body, the Uganda Local Government Association (ULGA), have petitioned the President demanding a salary increment which is ten times their current pay.
Local council 5 chairpersons receive a monthly stipend of Shs1.5m but they say their emoluments do not correlate with the amount of work they do.
Led by Mr George Mutabaazi, the president of ULGA, the district leaders indicated that as titular heads of the different local government units, they work under harsh environment that warrant a higher pay.

“Your Excellency, the subject of this petition is to first of all complain respectfully that you seem not to appreciate the role your humble petitioners play in the administration of government matters,” reads in part the petition.
The district leaders also requested that the President accords them the audience and cause a review of the emoluments to reflect their workload given the prevailing cost of living.
Local Council 5 chairpersons among other duties preside over meetings of the executive committees of the district, monitor the general administration of the district, implementation of council resolutions as well as coordinate the activities of municipal and town councils, lower local governments and administrative units in the district.

“The argument is a fight for a consolidated pay that would involve the provision of emoluments like other civil servants. The Local Government Act specifies that we only get paid a salary of Shs1.5 million but remain with no medical insurance and all associated bills; which is too little to even pay the workers provided for by government,” said Mr Willy Lugoloobi, the Kalangala District chairperson.
He added: “That is why we requested that our salary increment and emoluments be up to Shs15 million.”

Confirmation
In a telephone interview with Daily Monitor, the Local Government minister, Mr Tom Butime said the petition was received and forwarded to the president for action.
“The chairpersons have no problem. They have a right in their own capacity to request for salary increment and if there is money, the President will recommend their salary and emolument increase but if there isn’t any money, of course the President will call them and advise on an immediate remedy or ask for their patience,” Mr Butime said.

©Alleastafrica and Daily Monitor

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  1. Subject: Uganda: District chairpersons petition President over salary increment
    Mar 31, 2017

    Commentary, April First, 2017
    Quote: “The chairpersons have no problem. They have a right in their own capacity to request for salary increment and if there is money, the President will recommend their salary and emolument increase but if there isn’t any money, of course the President will call them and advise on an immediate remedy or ask for their patience,” Mr Butime said. Unquote

    I am amazed! Perhaps it is because today is April’s FOOL’S DAY [1] and I am getting to be a FOOL when it comes to understand the depth of my native Continent, Africa. I read the above quotation over and over …. but I cannot convert my feeling into words.

    But one thing kept flashing in my mind. What is the salary of the famous dear President? “if there isn’t any money “would the President & his Family share the same consequence with his beloved people and be “patient” until money flows-in from somewhere — miraculously?

    Awaiting, with anxiety, the response of the President. Indeed, I may be naive!

    Post Script The current rate of exchange is US $ 1 = 3626 Ugandan Shilling; hence 1.5 Million Ugandan Shilling is equal to 414 US Dollar .”The Uganda Local Government Association (ULGA), have petitioned the President demanding a salary increment which is ten times their current pay”, requesting their “salary increment and emoluments be up to Shs15 million.” >>> i.e. to $4140. ———————————————————————————————- Footnote: [1] As an African it is not in my custom or culture to recognize or be part of the Fool’s Day. But I can’t help being swept by European culture or habits. After all, didn’t they introduce the so-called ‘modern’ education, tailored to the African listeners and ‘memorizers’? I did my part to listen, to obey, to ‘memorize’ and make sure that I am a polite student in the class for passing grades. Throughout my stagnant Life, I was never given the freedom to be inquisitive > or to question > or to touch and feel > or to have analytical mind, and/or to express my feeling and ideas without fear. As an African, I was supposed to obey blindly and follow. To this DAY, I still have that hidden inferiority complex, but foolishly camouflaged by hollow superiority complex!!!

    If there was a criminal act perpetrated by colonial European forces upon the Black Race it was the application of the so-called ‘Modern Education’ which hypnotized the mind of the African Child with European history and superiority. The effect of which can be seen TODAY, in the 21st Century. We are still mimicking the culture of our Masters of YESTERDAY without analytical mind. Look around inside the periphery of the entire African Continent: we are not able to identify our problems; we are not able to differentiate what is good or detrimental to us; we cannot even identify what is beneficial to us. WE JUST KEEP ON MIMMICKING. That is why we never get anywhere but fighting among ourselves based on parochial matters. We need ‘saviours’ to save us from this quagmire.

    Where are the African Intellectuals with Ph D paper Degrees? We need them desperately. Why can’t they get together — just fifty-four (54) of them [alternative to the embarrassing African Union, created to mimic the European Union] — and chart the way to progress for their Continental Race. But sad to say, the simple truth is this: >>> THEY CAN’T”!!! Shocking as it sound, they do not have the mental faculty to be CREATORS of IDEAS – they can only recite and mimic. If this is wrong, or offensive, there is an African saying, of the ancient undiluted generations, which goes like this: >>> “Here is the Horse; Here is the Field; Let us see how YOU ride. “ WAITING in earnest.

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