Government has said it is not in position to increase salaries for public servants next financial year 2020/21.
Addressing journalists in Kampala on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, the minister of Public service, Mr Muruli Mukasa, said currently, there are no funds to cater for remuneration as the government is overstretched by disasters like the locust invasion, floods and landslides.
“We might not have any pay increase in the next financial year because of the various demands on our budget,” Mr Mukasa said, adding: “Some strategic security issues have more or less impacted negatively on our pay enhancement roadmap and it has become imperative that we put a temporary halt now until next financial year when we shall continue to move.”
The revelation is bound to cause unease among sections of public servants, among them lecturers and teachers, who had expected a salary rise.
Last year President Museveni ordered the public service minister to conclude payments for government scientists and university lecturers by moving them from the desired levels previously agreed on for 15 million shillings for professors and Shs 12.2 million for university lecturers.
The President also said the money must be paid without mixing it with the pay for the non-academic and non-technical personnel. The President wants a professor to earn Shs15m per month; senior consultants (medical) Shs17m; university lecturer Shs12.2m; director-science Shs16m; doctor Shs5m and scientist Shs3.5m.
But later last year, Secretary to the treasury Keith Muhakanizi said government would not be in position to meet the salary enhancement requirement to all public servants due to several funding requirements for Financial Year 2020/2021.