By Moses Kyeyune & Ruth Anderah
The Prime Minister Dr.Ruhakana Rugunda has spoken out on the prosecutors’ strike saying government is undertaking a review of their salaries and those of other government workers.
Rugunda made the revelation in parlaiment of Wednesday afternoon, amid pressure from the Speaker and a section of lawmakers, following a decision by the prosecutors to lay down their tools over low pay.
Rugunda on Prosecutors.
The strike by prosecutors has paralyzed business in most courts in Kampala and other parts of the country where court rooms remained deserted.
The strike also saw the bail ruling of formr Public Service Permanent Secretary Jimmy Lwamafa and two others read in the absence of a state prosecutor at the Court of Appeal.
Only cases prosecuted by the Inspector General of Government and those that are privately prosecuted by lawyers have been handled.
The Uganda Association of Prosecutors last month gave the government a 14-day ultimatum to increase their salaries and secure promotions for those on lower ranks who have been serving for quite a long period of time.
Currently, prosecutors earn between Shs 500,000 and more than Shs 1,000,000 depending on one’s rank.
It is however, not clear how long this industrial action will last.
Earlier today, the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary, Paul Gadenya issued a press statement saying they had agreed with the Directorate of Public Prosecution to call off the industrial action.