Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni plans to reduce the number of civil servants in an aim to cut down on costs and improve service delivery.
The President has subsequently tasked former Finance minister Dr Ezra Suruma to lead a study on the bloated public service and associated wage bill and recommend appropriate actions for the government to take.
Political analysts believe the move would affect millions of Ugandans who rely heavily on financial support from relatives employed in the civil service.
The President was reacting to demands for salary hike made by permanent secretaries. The secretaries claimed their annual salary was inadequate as they were responsible for budgets running into trillions of shillings.
Museveni rejected this and said, by reducing the number of civil servants, the government could use the savings to achieve social and economic transformation. News24 reports.
He said he intended keeping a promise that under his leadership, the country would become a middle income country by 2020, although the national planning authority had expressed its reservations about reaching this goal.