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Uganda to pay civil servants per day at work

Uganda to pay civil servants per day at work

A man counts Uganda Shilling notes. Ugandan government is piloting a biometric system that will be used to determine pay to civil servants according to the number of days worked rather than a guaranteed monthly salary. FILE PHOTO | NATION

Government is installing biometric gadgets at public health and educational institutions to monitor clock-in, clock-out of health workers and teachers at their duty stations. The supervisors will be required to file daily reports of their supervisees’ attendance to the Office of the Prime Minister.Bureaucrats say the previous practice of registering staff presence at work manually was ineffective and susceptible to errors.

The Ugandan government is to start paying civil servants according to the number of days worked rather than a guaranteed monthly salary, a senior official said Tuesday.Prof Ezra Suruma, the head of the Delivery Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), said they are for a start installing biometric gadgets at public health and educational institutions to monitor clock-in, clock-out of health workers and teachers at their duty stations.

Prof Suruma said salaries of absentee civil servants will be deducted equivalent to work days missed, he said.“Last week, we were in Jinja for a meeting with district local governments and we were told that some districts no longer pay civil servants who absent themselves from work. “We want other districts to follow suit because this is kisanja hakuna mchezo (no playing games),” he said. Kaliro, Kayunga, Buvuma, Bulambuli, Bugiri and Bududa districts —all in eastern Uganda— are already implementing the scheme. Prof Suruma, the former finance minister and current Makerere University chancellor, made the comments while receiving an assortment of biometric machines donated by the British government through its overseas development arm, the Department for International Development (DFID). Pilot scheme

The gadgets will be installed at public facilities in 22 districts in eastern Uganda piloting the scheme and the supervisors will be required to file daily reports of their supervisees’ attendance to OPM.

Bureaucrats say the previous practice of registering staff presence at work manually was ineffective and susceptibl

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