SIR â€” I was amused by your article â€œMuseveni to hike teachersâ€™ salariesâ€, published on Monday. First of all, there was just a general statement from state house that â€œsince the revenue collection is progressively improving, the teachersâ€™ demands of salary increment would be metâ€. There
In any case, anybody expecting salary increment will have to wait until July 2006. But what irritates me most is that the President should take on other peopleâ€™s duties for political capital. Donâ€™t the ministries of finance and public service exist in Uganda? Is it Museveniâ€™s duty to increase employeesâ€™ salaries?
Why is the issue coming up two months before elections?
Politicians have a tendency of treating us like children! Public funds should be budgeted for and reflected in the national budget. Otherwise, where does it suddenly come from if it is not?
Already that is an index of bad governance. We should see this increment reflected in the national budget next year if the teachers are really going to get salary increment.
If the government is really interested in her citizensâ€™ welfare I would like to see the government balance sheet showing the pensionersâ€™ pay which is running into nearly sh400b. Teachers should not be excited over nothing.
The sh40,000 increment from sh160,000 to sh200,000 could make them even more miserable by pushes them into a different tax bracket! The tax could be more than the increment! Wise people in Uganda join politics where there is free money that does not need to be accounted for. One only has to vote wisely.
Is the teachersâ€™ salary increase budget for?