Prosecutors from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution under their umbrella association of Uganda Association of Prosecutors (UAP) will today Wednesday July 12 not report to work, Chimp Corps report.
This, according to the association, was after Government fell short of addressing their demands for a salary increment within the 14-day ultimatum.
Prosecutors on June 23 attending an extraordinary meeting in Kampala elected to give government 14 working days to address their problems which include low salaries as well as poor working conditions
They agreed the lowest earning prosecutor should have their monthly salary increased from Shs 644,000 to Shs 9m and the DPP’s pay to be upped from Shs 11m to Shs 40m.
Following the elapse of ultimatum without response from government, UAP chairperson David Baxter Bakibinga on Tuesday declared a strike starting today.
“Our strike will be peaceful because we are part of law enforcement team of this country. We have been patient and we played our role and now it’s the turn of our employers to also play their role,” he said.
Judiciary communications official Solomon Muyita issued a statement last night, assuring the public that courts would continue to function normally.
“It has emerged from the discussion between Judiciary’s Chief Registrar Paul Gadenya and the Director of Public Prosecution Justice Mike Chibita that there is no industrial action by the State Attorneys,” Muyita revealed.
Bakibinga, on the other hand, emphasized the strike still stands and that no one would distract them.
“We cannot be intimidated by our employer because our strike is lawful; we are an association with a separate secretariat that handles various duties,” he stressed.
Bakibinga further assured his colleagues that nobody would dismiss them from work because there are labour laws which protect them especially when participating in such lawful strikes.
The prosecutors’ strike is expected to paralyse judicial work across the country.