Uganda’s speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has directed the parliamentary committee on Public Service and local government to expedite its report on the plight of district deputy speakers to ensure the officers are paid next financial budget.
Kadaga made the directive while addressing speakers and their deputies under their umbrella organisation, Uganda District Speakers Association (UDICOSA) during a meeting at Mbarara district council hall yesterday.
She was responding to the outcry of deputy speakers who claim that failure by the ministry of local government to pay them salaries has affected the performance of district councils due to lack of morale.
In 2005, the ministry of Local Government proposed a monthly payment of UGX 450,000 to each deputy speaker. However the finance ministry rescinded the proposal saying Government had no money since it was scrapping off Graduated tax which was the main source of funding for local governments.
They now demand that parliament directs the Ministry of Public service to pay their arrears and make their service pensionable like other public servants so that they can benefit even after expiry of their term of office.
Sylvia Rwabwoogo the deputy speaker of Kabarole district and Dan Nabimanya, the Speaker of Ntungamo district among others argue that deputy speakers have suffered low self esteem both in council sessions and in public and others have chosen to remain as ordinary members of the council.
However, the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga says the parliamentary committee has completed its report and deputy speakers may soon be remunerated.