In Uganda today, the fiscal sustainability of the wage-bill; attraction and retention of requisite skills to execute public service functions; productivity and performance; and transparency and fairness in remuneration setting and review, is seriously in question. Also the high cost of living has eroded the purchasing power of most workers e.g. doctors, teachers, nurses, police officers etc. As has been done in other countries including Kenya and Rwanda, we need to use the per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to determine the base remuneration for Ugandan State Officers. This approach, together with revenue to GDP ratio, is globally considered the most appropriate for Uganda based on the Constitutional principles of equity, fairness and fiscal sustainability among others.
To ensure favorable remuneration, my government will:
- Put in place a Salaries and Remuneration Board to set salaries for all public officers
- Through a consultative process with both private and public sector and using per capita Gross Domestic Product we will determine and set up a favourable minimum wage for Ugandan workers