President Yoweri Museveni has warned civil servants against delaying development projects.
The President who was speaking at the Labour Day celebrations held at Duhaga Senior Secondary School in Hoima Municipality, Hoima District said that civil servants found not to be implementing their duties, will be dismissed saying that government has educated enough people to replace those that are not performing.
“There are government workers who delay development work. In the new government, that will not be there. Before, we had a few educated workers and would not dismiss these people but today that has changed,” he said.
President Museveni said that job creation is an integrated effort that requires unity, peace and security.
“You do not create jobs by just talking. It is multi-dimensional. The way to get jobs is to attract more factories and tourists in the country,” he said.
The theme for this year’s Labour Day celebrations was “Strengthening Uganda’s Competitiveness for Sustainable Job Creation and Inclusive Growth, is in line with Uganda’s long-term development vision of ‘Transforming the Ugandan Society from a Peasant to a Modern and Prosperous Country within 30 years.’
President Museveni said the issue of the minimum wage will be handled but asked the public servants to bear in mind that there is a deficit of infrastructure which should be given priority.
In 2015, Cabinet approved the Minimum Wage Advisory Board which is currently carrying out an evidence based inquiry into the possible implications of a minimum wage on the economy and potential minimum wage fixing criteria.
The outcomes of this inquiry will be presented to Cabinet for consideration by the end of May 2016.
The President also assured the nation of peace and security.
“I want to assure you that no one will disturb the peace in Uganda. Our capacity is greater today than it was yesterday. The sooner these people who are trying to cause trouble settle down and do useful things, the better for them,” he said.
Mr. Wilson Owere, the Chairman of the National Organization of Trade Unions (NOTU) thanked President Museveni for putting in place the Industrial Court who were appointed in 2014 in order to promote fair and expeditious resolution of disputes.
“I therefore, would like to urge that where there are disputes, employers and workers should endeavour to resolve them expeditiously through amicable negotiations or through the various labour dispute settlement mechanisms provided for under the law, including the Industrial Court which is now fully constituted and operational,” said Mr. Owere
The ceremony was attended by the Vice President, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi Omukama of Bunyoro, Solomon Gafabusa Iguru, Deputy Chief Justice, Steven Kavuma, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, 3rd Deputy Prime Minister Kirunda Kivejinja, Ministers, among others.
During the celebrations, over 500 medals were awarded to Ugandans who have served their country.