Speaker Among tells KCCA to clear casual workers’ arrears

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PARLIAMENT | The Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among, has called on Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to clear several months’ arrears owed to its casual workers.

On Monday, a section of the labourers stormed Parliament in protest of their unpaid arrears by the authority.

Some of the workers claimed that they have been demanding payment for the past 45 months but all in vain.

During Wednesday plenary, Among tasked KCCA leadership to ensure that the aggrieved labourers are paid, noting that delaying to pay them is contrary to Article 40(1) of the Constitution which provides for equal payment for equal work without discrimination.

“I want to urge the leadership of KCCA to ensure that the aggrieved persons are attended to because people can’t work without being paid, how are their families being looked after? We want those people to be paid because at least we know, money has always been released for wages,” said Speaker Among.

Among’s call was in the wake of concerns raised by MPs on the Presidential Affairs Committee led by Richard Sebamala, over what they called deteriorating cleanliness within the City.

The MPs asked the KCCA officials to explain whether the deterioration could be attributed to the meagre pay of Shs6000 being given to the cleaners daily.

However, Dorothy Kisaka, the executive director, KCCA in response blamed the meagre pay to the street cleaners on the limited budget allocated to the Authority.

Kitaka said that the cleaners are currently working within their respective SACCOs in the five divisions, where they are given money and they manage themselves as SACCOs.

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