By Barbara Among
THE salary of the Auditor General, John Muwanga, has been increased from sh24m to about sh36m. This makes him one of the highest paid civil servants in the country.
The 33.9% increment was made last month in a communication by the clerk to Parliament, Aeneas Tandekwire.
â€œI am pleased to inform you that, Parliament has, â€¦determined the terms and conditions of service attached to the office of the Auditor General as follows: basic salary package of sh192m per annum,â€ read the letter dated April 20.
The salary and allowances payable to the Auditor General is charged on the Consolidated Fund.
Other heads of government corporations or autonomous bodies who draw high salaries compared to their counterparts in government departments include National Water and Sewerage Corporation boss Dr. William Muhairwe, who earns over sh30m, Uganda Revenue Authority Commissioner General Allen Kagina (sh28m) and the Inspector General of Government Raphael Bakku (sh17m) per month.
The increment is based on recommendations made by the National Audit Office in the United Kingdom on benchmark regarding salaries and benefits of the office of the Auditor General.
The deputy Auditor General gets sh16m per month.
The new terms have been backdated to October 4, 2008, meaning that the Auditor General has over sh600m in arrears.
The Auditor General will also be paid a medical allowance of sh3m annually, a housing allowance of sh8m per month and a monthly mobile telephone allowance of sh1m. A monthly allowance for domestic utilities of sh3m and a sh900,000 for three domestic servants.
He is also entitled to a monthly responsibility allowance equivalent to 45% of his basic salary, which translates to sh7.2m
The new terms and conditions also come with a chauffeur driven car for official travel. In the event of unavailability of a government vehicle, he can use his personal vehicle and claim mileage.
He will be provided a domestic-based vehicle and two residential guards, travel allowances within Uganda on official duty of sh300,000 per night and travel outside Uganda on official duty $570 per night and two-thirds of the amount for his spouse.
The Auditor General is also entitled to a first class return air-ticket. In addition, he and his spouse are entitled to a first class return air ticket once a year on travel other than on official duty outside Uganda.
He is entitled to a gratuity equivalent to 15% of the annual gross package at the end of each year in service. This gives the Auditor General sh65.43m per annum.
This has, however, not gone down well with a section of civil servants who note that the Auditor General is on permanent employment and, therefore, not entitled to gratuity.
The new terms and conditions also note that the Auditor General and his spouse are entitled to diplomatic passports and he has a leave entitlement of three days per month on full pay.