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Cabinet approves salary increment for scientists

Cabinet has approved the enhancement of salaries for scientists in the country. According to Chris Baryomunsi, the ICT and National Guidance Minister, a cabinet meeting held on Monday agreed to increase pay for health professionals, science teachers, tutors and lecturers in public universities as a strategic intervention to build a knowledge-based economy.

The decision was made after President Museveni’s suggestion to enhance the salary for medical practitioners and other scientists, saying the government is focused on developing Uganda using a science-led development strategy.

In June 2021, President Museveni met with doctors under their umbrella Uganda Medical Association (UMA) at the Entebbe State House, where he reiterated earlier agreement with the medical workers, he had agreed to pay professors Shs15m per month; senior medical consultants (Shs17m), university lecturers (Shs12.2m), doctors (Shs5m).

Currently, an intern gets Shs940, 000 gross salary, a medical officer (Shs3m) and a senior consultant (Shs7.3m).

Minister Baryomunsi added that the cabinet noted the progress made by Uganda in bidding to host the East Monetary Institute as a precursor to hosting the East African Central Bank.

Cabinet noted the strategic interventions geared towards the improvement of the level of broadband connectivity and affordability in the country.

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