The National Resistance Movement (NRM)’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) has ordered the recently appointed secretariat directors to start renewing the party’s efficacy by reducing the number of workers leaving only essentials employees that run the day to day programs of the party.
According to sources within, the party has been spending a lot of money on paying its workers yet most of them have been dormant, there are also speculations of having the biggest number of ghost workers.
As one of the ways to improve the party’s performance and preparing for the forthcoming elections, at the beginning of last month, the Central Executive Committee of the party (CEC) appointed four members whom they thought will bring back the sanity both at the secretariat and in all offices of NRM across the country.
These include Jacqueline Kyatuheire as deputy national treasurer, Mathias Kasamba as director for mobilization, Emmanuel Dombo as director for information and publicity, and Medina Naham as director for finance and administration.
The move to reduce the number of workers in the party is proved to be one of the first tasks the four super substitutes were commanded to do. Sources allege that the party has been spending a lot of money paying dormant and ghost workers who were seconded by some big figures within the party. But the new team has hired an audit company purposely to evaluate the performance and validity of each employee at the party.
Workers who will be found dormant and not essential but have qualifications will be asked to apply for jobs in the government, However, those who will be found without qualification will be fired or sent on special duties.
The operation clean the NRM house has come in the time when workers are demanding their salaries for over 10 months due to the financial crisis that hit the party as top leaders alleged. However when the party came out and donated over Shs300m to the national Covid-19 task force, this spiked a strike of workers in the party arguing why the party failed to pay them for over 10 months but in just a few months they managed to donate such big sum of money.
However, according to Dombo, the challenge of not paying workers will be handled.
“If the employees are demanding it’s a debt that is why we will have to pay them because we as NRM we can not run away from the debt. Some people may think because the party is the leadership of the country, we can just go to the Bank of Uganda and get money, no, if it was like that no employee would be demanding us. But soon the national chairperson and the CEC will come out with the solution and we will pay them all,” said Dombo.
NRM is the political party that receives the lion’s share on the money that is given to political parties in the country every year from the Electoral Commission, however many of its party members have many unanswered questions about how the money is handled within the party.
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