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State prosecutors sue govt over salary increment

Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Kahinda Otafiire

Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Kahinda Otafiire

The Uganda Association of Public Prosecutors has dragged government to court for failing to increase the salaries of state prosecutors.

In an application filed at the High court in Kampala by lawyer Emma Muwonge of Katende, Ssempebwa and Co. Advocates, the association wants court to compel the government, the minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and secretary to the Treasury to enforce their commitment of increasing salaries, remuneration and other conditions of service for the prosecutors.

In July 2017, the prosecutors voted to suspend their strike over pay for ninety days pending government's promise to solve their grievances. They had spent more than a month on strike demanding for salary increment on ground that they handle complicated cases like terrorism, corruption and murder.

The government then promised that it would waive taxes on prosecutors' salaries, provide professional allowances in the financial 2018/2019 and increase the salaries of the prosecutors to a level equivalent to salaries of employees in the Uganda Registration Service Bureau.

According to the application which is scheduled for hearing in March 2019, government had promised to fulfil the commitments within 90 days but one year and a half later, the government is yet to respond to their grievances.

The lowest ranking state prosecutor earns a monthly gross pay of Shs 644,963 whereas the highest ranking prosecutor at the rank of senior principal state attorney is paid Shs 2.1 million. 

Comments

+1 #1 Akot 2019-01-11 19:38
What Uganda needs is change in ruler, overhaul of a useless government in place for 33 years!

Sudanese are tired of a 29 year ruler, but Ugandans only want it to continue while asking for salary increase in a country that has no humane public/social services!!!

Why do Ugandans have to pay taxes in a country only a handfull are served with it?

How on earth can Uganda court bring charges against a government control by just 1 man, Museveni?
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+1 #2 rubangakene 2019-01-11 22:56
How may corrupt people have these prosecutors manage to put away in the last thirty years to warrant such demands?

I think they should be paid on a case by case basis; a bonus for each successful case. They may look for another job if they are not satisfied!
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0 #3 kabayekka 2019-01-14 02:16
These are African civil servants who seem to live on planet Mars.

They must come down to earth. The government is not Kahinda Otafiire. The government is all about tax payers money.

If some people keep telling these lawyers that there is money to pay their wages increment and they have failed to do so, these lawyers have all their rights to leave this employment. Why do you keep working for someone who is telling lies about increasing your wages.
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0 #4 kabayekka 2019-01-14 02:25
Supposing after taking this poor government to court, and the judge accepts your point of view and puts up a demand fine of 60 billion shillings with interests, who is going to pay for that amount of money?
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