Govt Urged to Increase Civil Servant’s Salaries

As Ugandans wait to know what the 2013/2014 financial year budget holds, legislators have today come out saying that they expect government to increase salaries of civil servants especially teachers, doctors and the judiciary.
Uganda's Minister of Finance, Maria Kiwanuka
Uganda’s Minister of Finance, Maria Kiwanuka

As Ugandans wait to know what the 2013/2014 financial year budget holds, legislators have today come out saying that they expect government to increase salaries of civil servants especially teachers, doctors and the judiciary.

The Shadow Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs Medard Ssegona said that, the budget should address the welfare of people who work for the country citing the army, police, prisons, nurses, doctors, teachers and others.

He noted that without the budget catering for those particular civil servants; it will remain as meaningless as the previous budgets.

Ssegona demanded that salaries for judges, magistrates, state attorneys, prosecutors and other judicial officers be improved and threatened that without government doing so the opposition will start a fresh battle with the government.

He further alleged that the budget is going to exploit Ugandans more because the government is determined to squeeze Ugandans by extracting money from them in terms of taxes saying that the greed for state house should stop if Ugandans are to benefit from the budget.

State Minister for Gender and Culture Rukia Nakadama said that she expects government to focus more on the infrastructure because they are in bad shape pointing out the road system.

Nakadama also appealed for more attention towards electricity and agriculture saying that Agriculture is very important since it empowers the people to improve household income.

MP Betty Nambooze and Shadow Minister for Local Government said that the 2013/14 Budget should focus on the population Census to enable the country to plan for its people.

She stated that it is very bad for government to plan for the country without making a census and said that government failed to carry out the census exercise in the previous financial year due to lack of funds but with the new financial year, the census exercise should be a priority for the government.

Nambooze added that she also wants government to allocate for local council 1 election because they are the foundation of governance in the country.

The western youth MP Gerald Karuhanga said that the budget should this financial year allocate money for the youth fund as the president pledged in his campaigns.

He noted that the money should not only be allocated but should be further implemented.

MP Okumu Reagan said that this budget is going to be a political one and the ordinary people are not going to benefit from the budget saying that the upper class are the ones to benefit from it.

He said that the budget should be realistic catering for the common needs of the population like more investment in agriculture.

The minister for Finance Maria Kiwanuka will read the budget to Parliament tomorrow afternoon.

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