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Ugandan driver arrested after moaning about salary

Author: Chany Ninrew | Published: Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Driver Stanley Kisambira who has been arrested. Photo | URN

A Ugandan driver employed by the country’s judiciary has been arrested by the police in Kampala after he complained on social media about low salary.

Kampala Police Deputy Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said the civil servant named Stanley Kisambira was arrested to facilitate an investigation into his recorded claims made in audio clips.

The police official Mr. Kisambira is under investigation for allegedly threatening to crush his boss’ car in an audio on social media.

“I am a driver. I can ram into a stationery trailer, killing all occupants, including the judge and bodyguard,” he said in the audio, which was verified by Daily Monitor newspaper.

In the audio clips, Kisambira is heard complaining about salary disparities in the judiciary for drivers and expressing his dissatisfaction with earning Shs200,000 ($54) since joining the justice system in 2008.

Daily Monitor understands that the Judiciary had earlier released a statement addressing Kisambira’s audio, where they acknowledged his concerns and provided clarifications to shed light on the matter.

“While the approved salary for drivers may be inadequate, the Judiciary leadership resolved that the allowances for all non-judicial staff (including drivers) in the institution be enhanced in line with CSI No.6 of 2018 on duty facilitating allowance” Judiciary Spokesperson Jamson Karemani said in a statement.

“As a result of the above intervention, each driver is paid a reasonable consolidated monthly allowance paid out on a quarterly basis. Added together with the salary, the total monthly payment for a driver is over Shs1 million,” the statement further reads.

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