Despite the fact that the Public Service Standing Orders dictate that salary arrears for all civil and public servants must be met by the 28th day of every month, so has not been the case with July.
Very many public servants are already suffocated by debts obtained from banks and SACCOs.
Mukiibi, a policeman residing in Nsambya barracks says he is constrained by the debts and he feels he is unable to provide necessities for his family.
“We are in terrible times where everything is costly. I plan to recall some of my children from school sincs I can’t meet school fees dues,” explains Mukiibi. “I already took a salary loan with Centenary Bank which takes half my monthly salary. Now the money has delayed,” he added.
The Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Public Service Ms. Catherine Bitarakwate told public servants to be tolerant for the delays of the July pay, citing the new financial year salary structures. She says as Public service, they have written to several government departments, agencies and ministries notifying them of the possible salary delay citing a restructured pay for some civil servants.
“At the beginning of every financial year, this ministry issues a salary structure as a framework that guides the service on the amount of salary to be paid to each category of public officers in that financial year. Issuance of the salary structure for FY 2022/23 has been delayed,” she said.
“By copy of this letter, commercial banks and other financial institutions are informed accordingly and requested to waive penalties on late loan repayments by the public officers,” she added.