The shadow minister for Justice and constitutional Affairs Medard Sseggona says that the continuing strike by state prosecutors due to failure by government to meet their demand for their salary hike may enhance corruption in police. Three months ago, Government asked prosecutors to call off their strike committing to meet some of their demands, which included professional allowances, salary enhancements, and tax waivers but Tuesday last week they resumed strike after government delay to respond to their complaints of low pay and poor working conditions.
He said that the police officer to give to a suspect a police bond will need to be bribed. He challenged the DPP also to join the prosecutors strike enhance their point of protesting low payment since he is the chief prosecutor.
He told the DPP to argue for bail applications for the suspects seeking for bail now as the prosecutors are still on strike. He said that he is in pain over being paid by his clients and he cannot secure bail for them.
He however supports the prosecutors strike to earn better salary so as they can purchase what is required of them.
According to the current salary structure of prosecutors under DPP, the lowest ranking state prosecutor earns a gross salary of 644, 963 shillings a month with the highest paid prosecutor at the rank of Senior Principal State Attorney taking a gross monthly pay of 2.1 million shilling.