Over 150 workers at the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) in Jinja have gone on strike over delayed payment.
According to Paul Senabulya, a data entrant and one of the demonstrators, the group has worked for 3 months without pay.
Work came to a standstill after these workers from different stations around Jinja mobilized on Thursday morning and marched to Jinja NIRA headquarters holding placards with words that express their grievances.
They threatened to confiscate data and work gadgets if their salaries are not paid.
In the meantime, residents and pupils who had queued to get registered or pick their National Identification cards were left stranded.
“They asked for our account numbers and later our mobile money numbers but nothing has been done,” Senabulya, who works in Buwenge explains.
He adds that on appointment, they were promised salaries but the way their bosses are behaving is as if they will be paid wages.
However, police intervened few minutes later and calmed the situation.
DPC for Jinja, Aggrey Kansiime declined to comment on the worker’s arrears but affirmed that the police was there to keep security.
He however advised the demonstrators to use rightful means to address their grievances to the concerned authorities or else they would be arrested.
Meanwhile, the head of NIRA in Jinja, Enock Kapinpini said that the issue was being handled at the NIRA headquarters in Kampala and promised to clear the arrears next week.