According to the Auditor General’s annual report Volume 3 on Local Authorities, Part II, 6.80, detailed report of local authorities, Gulu District Local Government, 4.85 had the Auditor General opinion of Qualified-Except for.
Fund not accounted for (1) and 1.1 exceptions for was the Doubtful payments to road gangs which leaves a total of UGX 158, 489,535.
According to Section 7.1 (d) of the force account revised guidelines January 2013 requires amongst other documents the weekly and b-weekly master rolls for purposes of monitoring force account activities. And in addition, there is Form 8 that requires road gangs to sign against their names on the weekly master roll at the end of every week to confirm the number of days worked.
But the amount doubtfully paid lacked the musterolls in neither which daily duty attendance was recorded nor certification of the number of days worked by the gang.
What do road gangs do when they go to work? They provide the ability every sector to move, manufacture goods, and construct buildings. In so doing, they create, through their labor power, value or wealth, and it is from this value that is derived the profits made by those who own the factories or shops (i.e., the capitalists) and the taxes that the government extracts from both workers and capitalists.
Those who doubt this should simply imagine what would happen if all road gangs refuse to go to work: No wealth, no profits, and no taxes would be produced.
But if public transport is an essential part of production and its upkeep and operation are a cost of production, then a basic question faced by all cities or countries is: Why can’t we pay the road gangs in broad day light and on the table?
This question is best answered by another question: Who should pay for the machines, buildings, labor power, and other elements necessary for the road works?
Answer: Who else but those who profit most from it?
All workers say: Enough is enough! We demand an immediate stop to these corruptions in the sense that workers should paid for the work they deliver.
The OAG advised the accounting officer to ensure that funds are accounted for or else recovery be made from the responsible officers. And we demand that the burdensome contracts between the local government and the private sector be immediately withdrawn and all those responsible for eating the money be prosecuted.
If we are to have the safe, dignified payment of workers in the public transport and other public services we deserve, we need to fight for something bigger: a society in which those who do the work have the right to their pay.