The Ministry of Public Service has announced that the salary payments for civil servants for the month of July 2023 will be delayed due to an ongoing upgrade of the government’s payroll system.
In a statement sent to the media, the government says that it is in the final stages of migrating from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Database (IPPD) to the Unified Human Resources (UHR) payment system. There is no specific date provided when salary payments will be paid.
The salary delays will affect thousands of government employees, including police officers, commissioners, court workers, employees of various ministries, and government parastatal workers.
Teachers will not be affected by the delays as the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has an existing agreement with some banks to release payment to teachers in advance as they await government disbursement. However, they have expressed their disappointment with the government for not increasing their salaries as earlier promised by the president in a public announcement.
The salary delays have raised concerns among banks and Savings and Credit Cooperative Organizations (Sacco’s) that have issued loans to civil servants. Most financial institutions are worried about loan repayment defaults occasioned by the delays.
Civil Servants union leaders have threatened to go on protests if the issue persists.
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