Micro finance officials in teacher’s fund case granted bail

By Sania Babirye

The anti corruption grade one magistrate Moses Nabende has granted bail to the three officials of the Micro Finance support center who are charged with conspiring with teachers to steal 1.8 billion shillings meant for teachers loan fund from president Museveni in 2019.

The three include the Executive Director Peter Mujuni , the Head of finance John Mwebembezi, the Assistant credits officer Jalia Birungi and a one Joan ASiimwe a teacher.

The officials have each been ordered to deposit 30 million shillings cash, deposit a land title valued at 500 million shillings and deposit their travel documents before being released from Kitalya government prison were they have been on remand since the 8th of this month.

Their sureties have been ordered to deposit a 500 million non cash bond and make sure that the suspects return to court on the 24th of this month for further mention of the case.

They are charged with Embezzlement, and conspiracy to defraud.

These are said to have conspired with Asiimwe to steal the said funds which was given to Teachers as a grant by president ,Museveni in November 2019.

Teachers’ petition against KCCA withdrawn

By Sania Babirye

Five justices of the Constitutional Court led by Kenneth Kakuru have dismissed a petition filed by teachers under their umbrella organisation Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) in which they had accused government of failing to give them a representative at the Kampala capital City Authority Council on grounds that it has been over taken by events.

This is after UNATU’s lawyer Lwemala Kafuzi informed court that his clients have instructed him to have the petition withdrawn following the enactment of the KCCA Act of 2019 that scrapped off the representation of professional bodies at KCCA and introduced general representation of Councillors .

As a result, KCCA did not object to the said submissions prompting the court to dismiss the said petition.

In 2013, UNATU sued KCCA challenging the exclusion from being represented to the Council saying it was discriminatory and inconsistent with the Constitution since other professional bodies like Uganda Institute of Professional Engineers, Uganda Medical Association, Uganda Law Society and Uganda Society of Architects were being represented

However, the then Executive Director for KCCA Jennifer Musisi in her affidavit that was opposing the case, she said that KCCA deliberately excluded teachers from representation on the KCCA council because UNATU being a union of teachers, is not incorporated under the Act of Parliament to have representation on the council .

Musisi had stated that KCCA does not employ teachers , but only supervises them when they are posted in government aided schools in the Capital Kampala.

She further explained that the terms and conditions governing the services of teachers are set by the Education Service Commission but not KCCA and asked court to have the case dismissed since UNATU was a mere union of teachers but not a statutory creature.

Teachers industrial action still on

By Daudi Zirimala

The Teachers under UNATU say their industrial action is still on course despite intimidation from government officials until government finds money for their salary increment.

According to UNATU General Secretary Baguma Filbert Bates, teachers in all education sub sectors in the country will not report to school in 27th Monday at the opening of the second term and not participate in teaching until government honors the salary increment commitment in the collective bargaining agreement.

Baguma notes government should not expect teachers to settle and concentrate on class without a positive consideration to their genuine concern of the promised salary enhancement next financial year which is just intend to meet their basic needs.

He says government should find money for them in all conditions rather turning their back on the teachers and indirectly assured that they do not matter.

Teachers threaten industrial action over ignored salary increment demands

By Daudi Zirimala

The teachers Union (UNATU) countrywide has unanimously resolved to enter into an industrial action effective 20th May 2019 if there is no satisfactory feedback on issues pertaining to teachers salary increment for FY 2019/20.

According to UNATU General Secretary Filbert Baguma Bates ,government plans to enhance salaries of civil servants but increments planned for teachers are far from what was agreed upon in the collective bargaining agreement with government.

Baguma says that it is unfortunate that the teachers issues particularly those concerning salary increment have turned into a song in auto replay.

He noted that UNATU is still open for further negotiation because ie money can be found for increasing members of parliament citing rising costs of living and inflation ,the same can be done for teacher in whose hands lies the burden of delivering quality education.

Government loses over 69M to ghost teachers payments

At least Shillings 69 million was paid to none existent teachers in several schools in Luweero district in the 2013/14 and 2014/2015, a report by the District Public Accounts Committee has revealed.

The ghost teachers were found in Bombo Army, St Kizito, Kiberenge and Wakataayi Primary schools and Bombo secondary school.

The report also shows that 12 schools have failed to account for Shillings 42 million that was disbursed under Universal Primary and Secondary Education programs in the two financial years under review.

The implicated schools include Luweero Seed Secondary School,Kasana S.S,Wobulenzi UMEA,Nyimbwa C/U,Kibula RC ,Naluvule R/C,Katuumu RC and Sambwe Orthodox Primary schools among others.

The report shows that although the money was disbursed to the implicated schools in the 2013/14 and 2014/2015 financial years, to date management has failed to explain how the funds were spent.

Umar Musoke Maalo, the Luweero District Public Accounts Committee chairperson, says the head teachers failed to account for the money since some of them embezzled it while others spent it on unbudgeted areas.

Christopher Oketayot, the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Luweero district, says the ghost teachers have since been deleted from the payroll following the decentralization of the payment system.

He says the district has also embarked on the process of recovering funds from head teachers who failed to account for the UPE money.

Ronald Ndawula, the Luweero LC 5 Chairperson, says mismanagement of funds in government schools has crippled the education sector in the district.

Mathias Katende, the former head teacher of Katuumu R/C Primary School who is implicated in the report admits that he failed to present accountability to PAC during the audit.

He however, says he is ready to defend himself once he is summoned. Our reporter couldn’t reach some of the head teachers and bursars implicated in the report, since they broke off for holidays.

In his report recently, the Auditor General also revealed that Luweero district lost Shillings 50 million to fraud in the 2014/2015 financial year due to week controls and supervision. Currently, six officials in Luweero district are on interdiction over graft related cases.


Teachers arrested for showing up in class drunk

Three teachers have been arrested for persistent absenteeism and being drunk on duty.

The trio; Patrick Oloya, Vincent Oyenga and Patrick Lumumba Ocaya were picked up from Pacwa Dag Wac Primary school, Mucwini Sub County, Kitgum district, in an operation led by Mucwini Sub County Chairperson Richard Komakech Pa-Ilibo on Thursday.

Komakech says he acted on a tip-off that the teachers had appeared at school drunk. Indeed, he adds, they were found heavily drunk and without any scheme of work.

The teachers were held at Kitgum Central Police Station where they were later cautioned and released.

Kitgum Chief Administrative Officer Joseph Lomongin describes the incident as unfortunate.  He however adds that alcoholism among teachers can be addressed by eliminating absenteeism and strengthening school management.

Kitgum district Chairperson Jackson Omona says his administration is preparing exceptional methods to transform the education sector in the district.





Arua teachers miss pay for pay for three months

Over 2,500 teachers in Arua district have gone three months without salary.
The teachers have not received their salary from September to November 2015. An additional 44 teachers have missed salary for six months.
The Arua Chief Administrative Officer, Esau Ekachalen told Uganda Radio Network that out of 4,600 teachers in the district, about 2,500 missed salary and were planning to demonstrate.
Ekachalen says the affected teachers are those whose Tax Identification Numbers were not correctly captured. He adds that other teachers were affected by the transfers.

He says they have started verifying the details of those who missed salary, and will write to the ministry to effect payment.

Phillip Andama, the Uganda National Teachers Union chairperson in Arua Municipality says some teachers have failed to pay back loans borrowed from the banks.

Andama tells Uganda Radio Network that many teachers now survive on borrowing money from friends, while others are forced to buy items on credit from shops and pay later.