The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga is disappointed with the president for delaying to assent to the long awaited Minimum Wage Bill 2015 that is aimed at improving the plight of Ugandan workers.
The Speaker who was receiving a petition over the increasing unemployment in the country from the concerned youth under their umbrella body Uganda Youth Federation for Good Governance also said the Minister for Youth will be tasked to explain the government’s commitment in addressing the issue of unemployment.
In August this year, President Museveni returned the Minimum Wage Bill 2015 to Parliament without assenting to it arguing there are no gaps in the Minimum Wage Board and Wages Council Act that the bill seeks to cure.
In his communication to the speaker, the president also indicated how he had directed the ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development to review a report on the implications of fixing a minimum wage to investment and the economy.
Kadaga said she was disappointed that President Museveni had failed to assent to the bill that Ugandan workers had longed for.
The speaker however, promised to prioritise the issue of youth unemployment by tasking the Youth minister to explain government’s commitment to addressing the issue.
“The politicians should stop politicising the issue of unemployment and instead come up with policies to avert their plight,” she said.
The youth called upon the president to reduce on the number of cabinet members because a lot of money is spent on paying them exorbitant salaries which money can be used to create jobs for the youth.
Statistics from Uganda Bureau of Statistics show that the unemployment rate in Uganda stands at 6.5% and about 75.4% of the youth are unemployed.
Annually about 700,000 youths join the job market but only 90,000 get the jobs.