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President Museveni has agreed to proposals to give judges a substantial pay raise effective July, a development which at least ends years of agitation for better pay for higher ranking judicial officers.House Budget Committee chairperson Tim Lwanga revealed that Mr Museveni had accepted that Shs20 billion must be availed to enhance the judges’ salaries. Monthly pay for the Chief Justice would be increased from the current Shs5.8 million to Shs40 million and the deputy would earn Shs34.9 million up from Shs5.3 million.
During a recent meeting with the parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee, Minister for Justice Kahinda Otafiire presented proposals for the new salary structure. His figures showed that the Principal Judge, who now earns about Shs5 million, will get Shs32.2 million next July.
Supreme Court Justices, who currently earn Shs4.9 million, will receive Shs29.6 million and judges of the Court of Appeal will be paid Shs28.1 million up from Shs4.7 million.High Court judges, who earn Shs4.5 million, will get Shs26 million.Meanwhile, the government is separately seeking an additional Shs24 billion to enable the Judiciary provide for newly appointed judges and attendant costs like clerks, secretaries and their drivers.The pay raise for judges, while long-overdue, is likely to resurrect demands for salary reviews across the public sector, but more especially for poorly paid, though overworked, health workers and teachers.