An estimated 197 civil servants in Arua district have gone without salaries for the past three years. The affected civil servants are mostly teachers and health workers.
They have not been able to receive their salaries following their transfer and promotion. Others are pensioners who say they have not received their money since they retired.
They are now demanding accumulated salary arrears worth Shillings 600million since the 2018/2019 financial year.
Bilal Abuja, a teacher who was transferred from Mvara secondary school in Arua to Oriajini Secondary school in Terego district, says that he is demanding over Shillings 7 million in salary arrears.
Mercy Guma is a health worker. She was transferred from Arua to Terego district. He says that despite the release of their money by the central government in July last year, they are yet to receive their pay to date.
Guma says that his woes started after he went for further studies and his name disappeared from the government payroll.
Jacinto Angutoko, a teacher of Muni girls secondary school in Arua city, says that his salary has not been enhanced since he was promoted yet his colleagues from other districts in the region with whom they got similar promotions are already receiving their enhanced salaries.
Arua Chief Administrative Officer, Mark Jude Bukenya declined to comment on the matter. The LC V Chairperson, Alfred Okuonzi pledged during a meeting with some of the affected civil servants on Monday to full upon the matter.
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