Up to 154 lecturers at Gulu University have gone two months without pay due to financial irregularities at the Ministry of Public Service.
According to Ambrose Eger Apili, a lecturer in the Faculty of
Business and Development Studies, many of the lecturers last received
their salary in December last year and are currently struggling to live.
He says that lecturers are failing to transport themselves to the
University due to lack of money and also most of the children of the
lecturers are at home since they have not paid school tuition.
He says some people were paid January salary while majority are still
waiting for last month’s pay despite a letter from the ministry that
the lectures would be paid on the 28th day of last month.
Eger noted that the problem arises from the failure by the ministry
to deduct Pay As You Earn (PAYE) and also the new harmonized finance
management system in the Ministry of Public Service.
Eger noted that there are many irregularities in the payment systems since many have been paid incorrect amounts.
In December last year more than 3000 Gulu University students missed
some of their end of semester examinations following a strike by
lecturers over accumulated allowances.
The lecturers laid down their tools to coincide with the start of the
examinations. A professor at Gulu University earns 2.9 million
shillings while a Teaching Assistant earns 1.4 million shillings.
Jack Nyeko Pen- Mogi, the Gulu University Vice chancellor said that he is also among the people who have not received salaries.
He says he cannot explain the reason for salary delays but emphasised
that many civil servants were experiencing the same challenges.
When contacted, Jonas Tumwine, the spokesperson for the Ministry of
Public Service stated that he is not aware of the matter but promised to