Nurses go on strike over Museveni’s unfulfilled lunch allowances promise

Ugandan Nurses and Midwives under their Union (UNMU) have gone on strike over Governments failure to deliver their lunch allowances of Shs 15,000 as promised by President Museveni in 2018 during the International Nurses day celebrations.

The UNMU president Cherop Justus Kiplangat in a May 4, 2021 letter has asked all nurses, midwives, and nursing assistants throughout the country to put down their tools after failure by government to fulfill the promise

“The government convinced us that we should not strike because they would put our money in the next budget of 2021 effective July 2021. To our dismay, the government has come out to say that the lunch allowance for nurses and midwives of this country is an unfunded priority and thus we shall not get it this year” he said.

He said they have decided to go on strike to show their discontent over failure by government to fulfill its promise to nurses and midwives including shs1 billion meant for the sacco that Museveni promised.

“We will to call all nurses and midwives of Uganda to rally behind us and we go on strike immediately effective midnight of May 5, 2021. Please stay home until our money for lunch allowance is included in the national budget.”

The nurses said president Museveni promised to increase their daily allowances from shs2000 they currently get to shs15000.

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