District leaders beg Parliament for better pay

Local government leaders under their umbrella association, Uganda Local Government Association (ULGA) have asked Parliament to support their push for improved pay for district executives.

Appearing before Parliament’s Local government and Public Service committee alongside officials from the Ministry of Local Government, the district leaders asked MPs to prevail over their mother ministry to implement the plan for a gradual increment of the local leaders’ salaries.

According to a proposal presented by ULGA president Joseph Lomonyang who is also the Napak LC-V chairman, the salary of a district chairperson ought to increase from the current Shs 2.3million to Shs 7.5million a month and further to Shs 10 million a month in the 2020/21 financial year.

The vice chairpersons would get Shs 2.5 million from the current Shs 1.19million a month. This would increase to Shs 4 million in the next financial year while the monthly pay for district speakers is proposed to rise from Shs 714,000 to Shs 800,000 and Shs 1 million next financial year.

The monthly pay for members of the district executive committee, according to the proposal, should be raised from the Shs 595,000 to Shs 800,000 in the 2020/21 financial year while the pay for Municipal mayors should increase from Shs 1.19million to Shs 1.5 million and Shs 2 million in the 2020/21 financial year.

Lomonyang also spoke against plans by the Ministry of Health to take over the management of the health in the local governments.

“Our message to cabinet is to reject any [proposal] coming from the Ministry of Health that seeks to rectralise Local government health sector staff and the corresponding mandate,” Lomonyang said.

He accused the government of hijacking the decentralization system.

“The critical issues affecting local government service delivery are weakened and almost obsolete policy of decentralization, lack of proper coordination of service delivery, weak institution and inadequate resource allocation.