Democratic Party (DP) president, Nobert Mao, who is also the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, has called for patience and also advised civil servants against threats to solve the problem of salaries and remuneration gaps in the national pay structure.
Mao, who was addressing journalists at the DP offices in Kampala on Tuesday, denounced violence in all forms as a way of solving disagreements. He proposed a national salary and remunerations commission to negotiate a salary structure that is acceptable for all.
He said in his capacity as a minister he advocates for reconciliation, patience and channelling of all the complaints arising from salaries and remunerations to be addressed through the right channels.
“School fees and health expenses put a lot of strain on employee salaries; government should prioritize national housing and health insurance coverage for public servants to relieve the pressure from salary earnings. I also caution everyone against corruption, economic leakages and wasteful expenditure,” he said.
The minister also warned against those targeting the Democratic Party with the sole aim of dividing it. He reiterated the need for the national dialogue to address issues of the economy, peace and national unity.
Additionally, he implored the different employees to calculate the future cost of current decisions, as well as prioritize mental health in the workspaces to avert violent incidences.
“I caution public servants to manage the available resources to solve the ever-challenging needs, embrace patience and upward mobility of labour, as well as rising through ranks to solve feelings of negative feelings of hunger and resentment at workplaces,” Mao added.