According to a circular letter signed by Ministry of Public Service Permanent Secretary Catherine Batarakwate Musingwire, salaries of some top public officials have been doubled and others increased four-fold raising questions on implication to the economy.
The letter shows the chief justice will starting this month receive a salary of Shs20million from Shs11million. His deputy will bag Shs18m from 10m. The head of Public Service will earn Shs17.6m from 4.9m yet the deputy’s was enhanced from Shs4m to Shs15.5m. Permanent secretaries have had an increment from Shs3.7m to Shs15.4. The news of the increment comes amidst debate on wage disparities in public service which was re-ignited by the recent award of Shs6billion (popular presidential handshake) to civil servants who played a role in an oil case won by government.
PS5 Rumor Roundup
When speaking about the PS4 and PS4 Pro games at E3 2017 Shawn Layden, the head Sony Interactive Entertainment in North America, confirmed that the is a PlayStation 5 coming, or at least a new PS5 like device. Layden told Golem.de that the PS4 will run all PS4 Pro games, but when questioned he said there will probably be some games that only work on a new device. The article is translated from German and Layden never specifically mentions the PS5 by name, but it’s clear Sony is working on the new PlayStation.
One new factor in 2018 is that the PS4 sales are down by 700,000 units compared to a year ago, which may signal a slowdown to the overall trend of the PS4 which is facing a bigger challenge from the Nintendo Switch and the Xbox One X. Still, this is not a sign that a PS5 release date is planned for this fall. Sony’s PS4 Pro gives the company more time before a totally new console. In fact the PS5 release date may be at least two years out. Michael Pachter predicts the PS5 release date may come in 2020.
If these dates are true, the earliest you will hear Sony officially mention a PS5 is at E3 2019, where they could tease the new console. This could impact sales of existing consoles in the 2019 holiday period, but arguably many people who will buy a PS5 on release day already own a PS4 or Xbox One.