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Prosecutors resume countrywide strike over salaries

Justice minister Kahinda Ofafiire (left) with Principal Judge Yorokamu Bamwine. Otafiire had pledged government commitment towards addressing the grievances of the prosecutors. PML Daily photo. 



By Mary Kisakye

Prosecutors countrywide under their umbrella association, the Uganda Association of Prosecutors (UAP) today resumed their indefinite strike over salaries and working conditions.

The strike follows government’s failure to honour its promise of addressing the grievances of the prosecutors within the 90 days they had provided.

The prosecutors in July this year embarked on a sit-down strike and resumed work after government through Justice minister Kahinda Otafiire asked them to return to work as their grievances are being addressed.

They accepted the call in an extraordinary meeting at Imperial Royale hotel in Kampala and resolved to give government 90 days to address the concerns.

The barristers say the 90 days elapsed and they have never heard from government despite numerous reminders.

“We have sent several reminders to government but there is no response,” Baxter Bakibinga, the chairman of the Uganda Association of Prosecutors, said.

He said the strike will continue until government fulfills most of the grievances of the prosecutors.

The prosecutors want government to increase their salaries, allowances, provide them with transport as well as housing allowances

A couple of weeks ago, judicial officers paused their strike after government promised them salary increment, security, housing allowances and medical insurance, among others. They gave government up to December 19, to address their issues.

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