Kabale Teachers Call off Strike

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Some of the teachers claimed that they have not received their April and May pay as well.

Teachers in Kabale district under their Umbrella Uganda National teachers Union- UNATU Kabale Branch have called off their strike after government started paying their June salaries. On Monday, teachers in rural sub counties in Kabale district laid down their tools to protest nonpayment of the June salaries. Some of the teachers claimed that they have not received their April and May pay as well.

The strike saw almost government aided schools rural sub counties deserted as both the teachers and pupils stayed away. The strike prompted Henry Banyenzaki, the state minister for Economic Monitoring and Planning who also doubles as the Rubanda West MP to rush to the district to plead with the teachers to resume work. Banyenzaki told URN on Tuesday morning that the teacher’s salaries have been paid adding that, there is no need for teachers to continue with the strike.

He says government has already paid salaries for June and plans are underway to pay July.
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Zadok Tumuhimbise, the Uganda National Teacher’s Union chairperson Kabale Branch says they have called off the strike because the biggest percentage of teachers have started receiving their salaries while some are yet to verify with their bank accounts. He however says this does not mean that it is all over as the teachers from sub counties, which are distant from Kabale town, are yet to confirm whether or not they have received their salary.  Tumuhimbise says they will not hesitate to resume the strike, once they discover that government is playing its usual tricks.
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Anthony Kushaba
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.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

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.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.