Makerere Denies Faking Staff Allowance Deal

decease geneva; font-size: small;”>The decision was drastically arrived at following a month long lectures strike with calls to have a double salary increment, order only to settle later for an allowance incentive accruing to 70 percent of their original salaries.

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This coming out publicly, followed Thursday’s media reports that the sealed deal between lecturers and council was a not like bear fruits.

Quoting Makerere Staff Association (MUASA) chairperson, Mohamed Kiggundu, the Daily monitor reported on Thursday that the University Bursar Joshua Karamagi and the University Secretary, Mr David Muhwezi Kahundha, were fighting to frustrate efforts of the staff to get the promised pay, saying the university had no money.

“We had heard that the salary increment we agreed with the University Council is a hoax. There are some management officials like the university secretary and bursar trying to frustrate us. We went back to them yesterday (Tuesday) and told them that we wouldn’t teach without the agreed increment,” Kigguindu reportedly said.

The university spokesperson Ritah Namisango has however refuted the claims and maintained that the official stance of the university is to fulfill the pledge they made to the lectures and other staff.


We have received several correspondences as follow up to the (newspaper) article …The Official position however is that: Makerere University Council is still committed to the payment of the incentive to all members of staff.

Citing a letter to the staff from the university council chairman Prof Wana Atyem, Namisango noted that the payment of the incentive would be effective 30th September 2013.

“On Thursday 29th August 2013, the Chairperson of Council, Eng. Dr. Charles Wana Etyem received a letter from the three (3) Staff Associations stipulating that at their Joint Assembly, the Staff had adopted the University Council proposal to provide an incentive package to each member of staff, and as such, agreed to resume work.

Subsequently, the University Council, which is the supreme governing body of the University, convened a meeting on 29th August 2013 (afternoon) and re-opened the University with immediate effect.

The Chairperson of Council, Eng. Dr. Charles Wana Etyem on behalf of the University Council, wrote a letter dated 29th August 2013 to Chairpersons of the respective Staff Associations communicating that the payment of the incentive will be effective 30th September 2013, and the arrears for July/August will be paid after the sixth week of the opening (November 2013), clarified Namisango in an email.

As the first batch of (first year) students report for studies this Saturday, they university is yet to clear the air about the continuously emerging concerns that much of the said incentive allowances to lecturers were diverted from key university sectors including research, and examination, which could critically hamper its activities over the coming semesters.

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