Personal assistants of Members of Parliament have asked Speaker Rebecca Kadaga to include them on the payroll of Parliament.
The assistants under their umbrella body, Parliamentary Political Assistants Association met Kadaga on Monday saying MPs aren’t paying them enough.
These revealed that they are paid between Shs 300,000 to 350,000 a month which is not commensurate with the workload and their level of education.
Led by their Chairman Kizza Nsamba Andrew, who is the assistant of Bale County MP, Nsamba Kumama said Parliament gave legislators authority to choose political assistants to carry out daily office duties and research for MPs.
The assistants argue that their work always ends up on the floor of Parliament hence their contribution needs to be recognized and rewarded.
“Our prayer is to implore Parliament to incorporate the personal assistants into a formal working system with the Parliament to Uganda to improve the performance of our principals and the institution as whole,” said Mr. Nsamba.
They also want the Parliamentary Commission to help in the building of their capacity and secure them formal contracts.
Kadaga, who recognized the contribution of personal assistants, said the matter has been discussed by the Parliamentary Commission but never concluded.
“We have in one or two occasions touched this subject at the Parliamentary Commission but we have not been able to come to conclusion because we don’t have a budget line for it,” said Kadaga.
She promised the petitioners that she will reintroduce the matter in the Commission since the work of political assistants is essential.
The appeal comes a month after the Uganda Parliamentary Press Association under the leadership of Moses Mulondo of New vision and Herbert Zziwa of NTV asked Kadaga to consider paying allowance to journalists accredited to cover parliament.