President Yoweri Museveni while urging Members of Parliament to become patriotic said he personally works for low pay or sometimes no pay at all.
The Ugandan president is the least paid president on the African continent, according to a survey publicised by African Review last year.
Museveni earns $13,000 equivalent to Shs 43,199,000.00 (Shs 43m from Shs 36m in 2011).
He is the second last on the least of lowly paid presidents with the very last being the president of Sierra Leone who earns $12,000.
“We are on the brink of set off and we are in the right place,” Museveni told parliament on Thursday, urging them to work harder with or without a pay rise.
He was re-echoing a call made by Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko on the rise of salaries for members to boost their welfare.
Nsereko said the governor Bank of Uganda Tumusiime Mutebile is paid over Shs50m while KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi bags over Shs47m but MPs are on the other hand paid meagre salaries.
Last year, MPs were pushing for a rise from between Shs 15m and Shs 20m to about Shs 16 and Shs21m per month.
In March this year, Museveni urged the newly elected Members of Parliament (MPs) to help their country by promoting wealth creation at the household level through production and not through handouts.
He made it clear to the MPs that there would be no salary increment for public servants including the Members of Parliament.
In mid-May, Museveni also the Commander-in-Chief advised Uganda People’s Defence Forces [UPDF] to think of self-help projects instead of waiting for salary increments.
He advised over 28, 000 security personnel who attended the event to rear pigs to up their income and stop looking at salary increment as solution to their financial positions.
“The first thing you must avoid is high salaries for soldiers and police officers, with a small economy and high salaries you cannot buy weapons, when a war comes, salaries and cars cannot fight,” he noted.
Regular soldiers earn Shs 310,000 while their bosses earn up to about 1,600,000.
Speaking at the inauguration Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and her deputy Jacob Oulanyah this week, Museveni accused the young generation of messing politics through monetising it.
“I have struggled for many years and worked for no pay or low pay,” he said.
He noted that Uganda is able to achieve so much with its own income and is on the verge of getting to middle-income status.
“As I have told you, I have been leading struggles for the past years. In those struggles, am either getting no pay or low pay but I work and my colleagues in the army work.”
Museveni faulted the ruling party NRM secretariat for being weak and failing to carry out serious sensitisation of the public.
“The secretariat has been weak. It should have sensitised people that politics is voluntary and different from moneymaking in private sector.”
“That is a disaster,” he pointed out, adding, “to think like that for a country coming up like Uganda. Go and make money in the private sector.”
He said China is now the second richest country in the world and India too has come up.
He said this was only possible because their people believe in voluntary work.
“You too should volunteer until the country is able to pay you,” he urged the 10th parliament, which took oath this week.