Teachers’ Cash: Trade Unions demand Alupo Resignation

Two days into the nationwide Police recruitment exercise, health another man in Masaka district has collapsed and died this morning during the drills

Noah Sserunjojji the police spokesperson greater Masaka says that as the recruits were undergoing exercises, erectile when Nicholas Ngobya collapsed and on the way to hospital he died.

Ngobya had just attained bachelors in computer engineering at Kampala University and he had decided to join and serve the force.

On Tuesday, ailment at the beginning of the recruitment, Stephen Buwambo, a head teacher of Christ secondary school in Bundibugyo, who had decided to join the force dropped dead.

Meanwhile on Monday 26th, during the celebrations to mark the 29th NRM Liberation day, a UPDF officer by the names Ochelo Lawrence, fell from the parade in Luweero district and died while being rushed to hospital.

Following the diversion of their money to the Microfinance Support Centre by the Education Ministry officials, order a decision that teachers didn’t agree with, trade unions under their umbrella body NOTU have asked Hon. Jessica Alupo to resign for failure to deliver the president’s pledge.

Addressing journalists at their offices in Kampala on Thursday morning, NOTU Chairman Wilson Owere explained that it was wrong for the education ministry officials to channel the money through the Microfinance support centre which they say are sceptical of their operations.

“It’s wrong for Jessica Alupo and the ministry Permanent Secretary to channel the money to the Microfinance Support Centre because the teachers will not benefit from the money given to them since it is managed outside their Sacco structure,” Owere told journalists.


“The main purpose of the funds was to help develop teachers’ welfare but channeling it would not lead to its intended objective.”

According to NOTU officials, of the Shs 6.8bn released to the Education and Sports Ministry, the Microfinance support Center is charging a 12 percent interest which they say is too high adding that there is no reason for distributing the cash through the said body.

“The President knew the plight of teachers and decided to release the money through their Saccos. Why should the ministry get the Microfinance Support Centre to manage the money? The money was requested by UNATU but we are not saying it should go UNATU. It has to go to the teachers’ Saccos which are distributed throughout the country.”

The Education Ministry recently explained that they could not release the Shs6.5bn to UNATU arguing that not all teachers subscribe to the body.

However in response, Owere explained that Saccos don’t belong to UNATU and that it would be fair if the money is distributed to the over 50 Saccos across the country where nearly all teachers are members.


According to the National Organization of Trade Unions, it’s high time for Alupo to resign for what they termed as sabotaging government programmes.

“In fact we are going to meet the President and let him know that his officials like Alupo and the Permanent Secretary are sabotaging government programs so that they are isolated. The problem is not government but Alupo who must be brought to order,” Owere added.

The NOTU Chairman further noted that they are set to lobby for support from the workers’ MPs in a bid to have the Education Minister censured.

“We are waiting for the 90 days ultimatum given to government by UNATU and after their elapse, it will be disaster to them because they are using tricks to cause confusion and they swindle teachers’ money. If teachers suffer, children and parents suffer too.”

Teachers under their umbrella body last week held a peaceful march to the Ministry of Education and Sports offices before meeting the State Minister for Higher Education J.C Muyingo and handed him their petition in which they demanded that their money is released through their Saccos in 90 days or face a sit-down strike.

President Museveni in 2010 made a pledge of Shs 25bn to the teachers’ Saccos, saying the amount would be remitted in installments for 5 years to boost teachers’ socio- economic welfare.

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