The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda is today expected to meet state prosecutors.

 

This is part of efforts to address the paralysis caused in the Judiciary due to the state prosecutors’ strike over pay and comes as the prosecutors strike enters day 3.

 

The meeting comes after government agreed to the prosecutors demands for a pay rise last evening.

 

The government promised to increase the salaries of state prosecutors two days after they laid down their tools in protest against poor pay.

 

The salary of the lowest officer will go from Shs550,000 shillings to Shs3.5 million Uganda and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Justice Mike Chibita will now earn Shs26.5 million.

 

Justice and Constitutional affairs minister Maj. Gen Kahinda Otafiire has written a commitment letter explaining that a cabinet sub committee has also agreed to waive their taxes.

 

David Baxter Bakibinga, the head of the prosecutors association says, he is happy with the commitment given by government but he clarifies that this does not mean the strike has been called off. He says the strike will be likely called off when the prosecutors’ general assembly meets and agrees to call off the strike.

 

Otafiire’s commitment letter promises that the Increment will be in three months through a supplementary budget to be passed by parliament.

 

Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana said that in an effort to resolve the impasse, the prime minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda will convene a crisis meeting on Friday.

 

The development was confirmed by the chairperson of the Prosecutors’ Association David Bakibinga who said the Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Kahinda Otafire has written to them confirming their pay rise and asked for atleast 90 days within which to present a supplementary budget request.

 

The prosecutors are however not clear on when the strike will end but they are set to hold a General Assembly on Monday next week to discuss the way forward.