FDC presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, has promised to reduce the cost of administration and do away with unnecessary expenditure once elected president in 2016.
“We will not have RDCs and Presidential advisors.”
Besigye said instead the ministers will double as presidential advisors.
He also for the second time promised to downsize cabinet and reduce the number of ministers.
“We shall only have 20 cabinet ministers and 20 state ministers,” Besigye told a rally at Katovu in Lyantonde district on Friday.
“All that money spent on ministers will then be brought to service delivery.”
Besigye said his Parliament will have only 150 members.
“Why should we have a parliament of 400 MPs? Only 150 MPs can be enough.”
Besigye said after cutting the cost of public administration, service delivery will follow suit.
According to a leak of the FDC 2016 Manifesto, Besigye’s government will pay Shs 650,000 starting salary for primary school teachers, policemen and soldiers.
Shs 1,000,000 is a starting salary for secondary school teachers.
Shs 3.5m is starting salary for doctors.
The threshold for PAYE will be at Shs500,000.
Criticism of the NRM government
According to the FDC camp, President Yoweri Museveni pays 79 ministers and state ministers, 387 Members of Parliament, 278 political appointees including; 80 RDCs and commissioners, 75 presidential advisers and their assistants, 43 Private presidential secretaries and their deputies among others.
A 2014 report shows that State House staff alone earned Shs 96.6m per month totalling to about Shs1.152bn.
Every presidential advisor takes home an estimated Shs 908m a year.
It is estimated that one presidential advisor and his deputy can pay 378 primary teachers with their Shs200,000 monthly salary.