List of gov’t officials earning fat salaries

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A recent review of government payroll still shows that some officials earn triple of what their colleagues who work in other government departments receive.

In 2015, Daily Monitor published a leaked report of a watchdog committee of Parliament ranking monthly salaries of top government officials —the highest-paid chief executives — and highlights what the lawmakers called “glaring huge salary disparities” existing across all government parastatals, authorities and commissions.

According to the May 2015 report by House Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE), Bank of Uganda governor Emmanuel Tumusiime – Mutebile topped the list of top earners with over Shs53.3 million per month and the Commissioner General of Uganda Revenue Authority, Ms Doris Akol, earns Shs40 million per month followed by Mr Richard Byarugaba, the Executive Director National Social Security fund with Shs39 million and Mr Robert Kabushenga of New Vision with more than Shs37.3 million.

Uganda Revenue Authority [URA] boss was in the second position, Kampala City Capital Authority’s top technocrat Jennifer Musisi in June 2011 proposed for herself a monthly salary in excess of Shs43.7 million, which made her the second highest-paid civil servant in the country.

The committee recommended that remuneration should be determined in a way such that all officers appointed to Authorities should have uniform pay while manner while those appointed to Institutes, Centres, Commissions and Corporations should ordinarily attract the same pay.

Speaking to press this week, the Chairperson of the Equal Opportunity Commission Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi, said the income gap was still wide and that it had to be addressed if the country aims at achieving middle income status.

According to Ntambi, such disparities demotivate workers and breed corruption in some offices.

Ntambi asked the Ministry of Public Service to fast-track the establishment of a Salary Review Commission to determine equitable remuneration for public servants.

Here are the salary structures of officials: