Kabale Health Workers Protest Unexplained Salary Reductions

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Kyoma says despite his repeated complaints to the Human Resource Department, nothing has been done.

150 Health Workers in Kabale District are up in arms against the Finance Department over the unexplained deductions from their salaries. The affected Health Workers say the deductions have been ongoing since January 2014.

 


They claim their pleas to get any explanation from the Finance and Human Resource Departments or stop the deductions have fallen on deaf ears. Fulgence Kyoma, one of the affected Health Workers says he has been Shillings 168,000 each month from his pay since January 2014 to the deductions.
 
 
Kyoma says despite his repeated complaints to the Human Resource Department, nothing has been done. He says the biggest challenge is that both the District Personnel and Chief Administrative Officer always advise them to file formal complaints, which are never responded too.
 
 
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Joshua Kaheru is a health worker at one of the facilities in Rukiiga County. According to Kaheru, the District administration has failed to explain to them the cause of the deductions or address the problem.
 


Nasser Mukiibi, the Kabale Chief Administrative Officer says his office is aware of the problem saying it doesn't only affected health workers but head teacher as well. He says the deduction started during the process to decentralise the administration of the payroll.
 
 
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For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

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Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

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