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Museveni refuses pay rise slams MPs over same demand

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    By Apollo Mubiru

    Members of Parliament who recently demanded a pay rise were indisciplined, President Yoweri Museveni has said.

    The President has however said he is ready to discuss and debate the teacher’s salary rise, saying the issue must be handled cautiously.

    Teacher want their salaries doubled or else they go on a sit down strike starting this week.

    “You will be paid well as we go on. We can’t just rise salaries for the sake of it at the expense of economic growth. We should go cautiously and slowly and see what else we can do,” he said.

    Museveni cautions that salary increments can interfere with economic growth if it is miscalculated.

    The President made the remark at the launch the Uganda Teachers Cooperative savings and Credit Union (UTCSCU) at Main Street primary school, in Jinja East Constituency in Jinja on Saturday.

    He urged stakeholders to debate the issue frankly, adding that some people want to demand wages instead of discussing the issue. This would endanger the country because the wage bill would be unmanageable, he warned.

    “Members of parliament demanded money others will also do the same and the system will collapse. Before the number of teachers was only 82,000 now we have over 122,000 teachers. Salaries will improve but let’s discuss when and what else we need to do,” he said.

    Recently members of Parliament demanded an increased pay and interest free loans at the cost of the taxpayers as part of their welfare.

    The President said he has constantly rejected demands that the Presidents salary to be increased saying he is focusing more on getting the country out of the hole where it was to a developed economy.

    “They wanted to increase the salary of the President but I refused. I only allowed this in 1986 – 1996 when the salary was increased from sh150,000 to the current 3.6 million shillings. We agreed that the lowest pay be set at sh300,000. Am satisfied that if we get discipline and halt those demanding for pay at the top, things will move,” he said.

    Source: Newvision