By Our Reporter
Government has directed the residential district commissioners (RDCs), chief administrative officers (CAO), district internal security officers (DISO) and internal security officers (ISO) to force all teachers across the country that are planning for the strike next week to go in classes.
According to Mukono municipality MP Betty Nambooze, government has issued a directive to all its informers not to allow teachers lay down tools as they have planned.
Hon Nambooze says that, instead of intimidating teachers, government should seat with them and come up with amicable solutions.
“We have received reports that government has resorted to use offices of RDC’s, ISO and DISO among others to intimidate teachers who are fighting for their rights.It’s unfair for the government to use forceful means to teachers who have a right to salary” Hon Nambooze noted.
“Using forceful means for teachers to go back in classes is a violation of human rights because teachers have a right to strike.Government should desist from intimidating teachers because it pays them peanuts yet they are doing a great job for this country. It’s their right to strike as long as they don’t violate the rights of others” She said.
When our reporter contacted the minister of information and national guidance Rose Namayanja, she said that she is still investigating the issue and she will inform the country after gathering that information.
Meanwhile MPs sitting on parliamentary committee on human rights chaired by Mitooma district woman MP Jovah Kamateka have appealed to Uganda human rights commission to protect teachers during the negotiations with government over the 20% salary increment.
The MPs who included Serere district woman MP Alice Alaso,Rubaga north Moses Kasibante,Mityana north Godfrey Kiwanda and Mukono municipality MP Betty Nambooze among others say that, Uganda human rights commission has decided to keep quite when teachers are fighting for their rights. “Your mandate as Uganda human rights commission is to deal with human right issues but you have been silent on teacher’s matters. Teachers have on several times been mistreated, arrested and others have already been sacked while trying to fight for their rights” Hon Alaso noted.
“Salary is a right to every one. Government should fulfill its pledge to teachers than intimidating them. Uganda human rights commission should come on board and help teachers in their struggle.
Teachers across the country have threatened not to go back in classes in third term until government releases their 20% salary increment.
On to the same development, the minister of finance Maria Kiwanuka has assured teachers who are demanding the 20% salary increment that government has no money to meet their demand.
Mrs Kiwanuka says that, since the private sector has not yet got an increment in its incomes to call for increased taxes to government, there will be no more money to increase salaries of civil servants.