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Civil Servants Threaten To Industrial Action Over Planned Salary Cuts

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Two weeks ago, the world bank suspended funding to Uganda over what they say is a tough law enacted to curb Homosexuality in Uganda. In a simple but hard hitting statement, World bank caused heartbreaks to Museveni’s government over the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023 signed into law by Museveni in May this year.

The World Bank is one of the big funders of Museveni’s government and a move to suspend funding means that Uganda which can only fund it’s budget by 53% and the rest is foreign aid, loans and grants would either cut it’s expenditure or opt for other creditors other than World Bank.

“Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act fundamentally contradicts the World Bank Group’s values. We believe our vision to eradicate poverty on a livable planet can only succeed if it includes everyone irrespective of race, gender, or sexuality This law undermines those efforts. Inclusion and non-discrimination it at the heart of our work around the world…..No new financing to Uganda will be presented to our Board of Executive Directors until the efficacy of the additional measures has been tested”- World Bank said in a statement.


In his response to world Bank, Museveni hit hard at the World Bank and openly told them that Uganda will develop with or without World bank loans and his government would opt for other sources of funding other than World Bank. It’s in this very statement that the president revealed that his technical guys were previously entering into Loans for Uganda behind his back even when some loans were very unnecessary and he took over approval of loans for Uganda.

“Last night an official from the World Bank rang me to alert me about the statement from the Bank regarding the suspension of any new requests from Uganda for loans. I want to inform everyone, starting with Ugandans, that Uganda will develop with or without loans”-said Museveni in a statement.

President Museveni further revealed that he had labored to explain to the western donors that the law he signed dubbed the Anti- Homosexuality Act 2023 does not in any way target th homosexuals (people who engage in same sex intercourse) but instead targets those who coerce and recruit others especially the young people into the vice. The Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023 comes with a death penalty, life imprisonment and heavy fines for individuals found guilty of aggravated h0mosexuality, promotion of same sex gay lesbian relationships and intercourse.


Now as a way to live with in its means, Museveni government through the Junior Minister for Finance of General Duties Henry Musasizi revealed that government was in touch with the World Bank for possible negotiations and a second chance to continue funding Uganda and if the worst goes to the worst, a tough decision will be made to cut salaries of civil servants such that government can run it’s activities.

Plans by government to cut salaries of civil servants hasn’t gone well with those working with Local government who through their umbrella Uganda Local Government Worker’s Union have warned government of dire consequences but not limited to laying down their tools and not work since salary cuts are not only unfair but continues to deprive them even when they are given peanuts.

In their four paged letter to the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Public Service, these contend that they’re very many avenues through which government can use to solve the impasse with world bank such that funding continues coming. Among the options they refer to Museveni’s speech at Kyankwanzi where he informed MPs that government may opt to take back the Act t parliament for amendments in some sections and provisions perceived to be promoting discrimination.

“The union supports this option of amending the Act as reasonable and can be utilized by government to resolve the deadlock instead of cutting poor civil servants/ Local Government Workers Salaries who are already poorly remunerated”- says the Union in their letter.

These also contend that Dialogue is also an option government can take with World Bank.

“Uganda Local Government Workers’ Union Leadership and the entire membership we are strongly opposed to the idea of cutting our members’ salaries on account of filling gaps created by World Bank cancellation of funding Uganda’s economic projects and instead we request HE the President of the Republic of Uganda HE Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhaburwa to prevail over government to negotiate with World Bank on how best to resolve this issue through dialogue and also to cause parliament of the Republic of Uganda to amend those sections of the Act
promoting Discrimination’-reads part of their letter.

The Union also threaten to lay down tools should government go ahead and ignore their advice.

“Finally, should this appeal be neglected or ignored the union should not be blamed for industrial disharmony that may follow as a result of the cutting their salaries since this letter serves as NOTICE given under sections 7 (2) (a) (b) (3), 8 (1) (2) (a) (b)(3) (a) (b) and section 14 (a) (b) of Public Service (Negotiating Consultative and Disputes Settlement Machinery) Act 2008”-these threatened

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