Parliament Urges Prompt Settlement of Wage Arrears for KCCA Casual Labourers

Speaker of Parliament Anita Among has called upon Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to promptly settle the six months’ wage arrears owed to its casual labourers. This request comes in the wake of a protest staged by some of these workers at Parliament on Monday, highlighting the prolonged delay in receiving their wages from the Authority.

“On Monday, February 26th, a group of casual labourers from KCCA marched to the gates of Parliament to demand payment for the six months’ wages they have yet to receive. Article 40(1) of the Constitution emphasizes equal payment for equal work without discrimination. It is imperative that the leadership of KCCA addresses the grievances of these individuals promptly. People cannot be expected to work without compensation. How are they expected to support their families? We demand that these workers be compensated, as funds for wages have consistently been allocated,” remarked Speaker Anita Among.

The Speaker’s plea follows concerns raised in January 2024 by Members of Parliament on the Presidential Affairs Committee, led by Richard Sebamala (Bukoto Central), regarding the deteriorating cleanliness within the city. They questioned whether the inadequate pay of Shs6000 per day for cleaners could be contributing to this issue.

In response, Dorothy Kisaka, Executive Director of KCCA, attributed the meager pay of street cleaners to the limited budget allocated to the Authority. She explained that the cleaners are currently operating within their respective Savings and Credit Cooperative Organizations (SACCOs) in the five divisions, where they are provided with funds and manage themselves as SACCOs.