On Thursday, the permanent secretary to the Finance Ministry, Keith Muhakanizi announced that the government was not to pay salaries of what they considered non-essential departments in the next two months of November and December. Keith even shared a memo highlighting the five key sectors government is to prioritize for the coming two months and these are; State House staff, UPDF, Police, and the Electoral Commission.
The armed forces were included for obvious reasons as the government fears that in case of disgruntlement, they can easily join the opposition struggle especially that one of the candidates, Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert pledged to facelift their welfare.
One of the top officials in the Ministry of public service who spoke to this site under anonymity for fear of reprisals says that all civil servants who have been blacklisted have vowed to rally behind the National Unity Platform party president Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert on grounds that he had conducive plans for the country.
“I have been receiving multiple calls from anonymous callers in the civil service, Majority say if they don’t see their November and December arrears, they will peacefully demonstrate, the people are angry with the government decision to use their salary to facilitate Museveni’s campaign” a source from public service revealed.
At the start of this week, the cabinet advised that the funding could consistently be realized by delaying salaries of ‘nonessential’ civil servants. It is also alleged that the URA has failed to collect taxes due to the ailing economy as many businesses are suffering the wrath of covid.
MP Luttamaguzi today lashed out at the government for failing to plan for its civil servants ahead of 2021. He however blames the parliamentary economic committee members who are now busy with campaigns.
“As an MP if I come out and tell you these would have been the prioritized sectors, who will listen to me? After all some of the members here who would have talked about it are now in campaigns and some fear to go against the government.” MP Luttamaguzi asked.
Meanwhile, Finance minister Matia Kasaija has revealed that there is an urgent need for the government to borrow money to sort the current cash crisis and government is currently short on cash and has indefinitely suspended payment of all allowances for its workers that they have made a request for a loan whose approval is being delayed by parliament’s lengthy formalities.
While defending the urgency to borrow, Kasaija said that the current revenue flow is not sufficient to finance all demands. He says among the crucial demands that need financing are; the effects of the locust invasion, floods, and the poor road network.
The suspended payments for workers include; lunch, mileage, transport, and overtime allowances