EXCLUSIVE: Makerere Lecturers Threaten Strike

adiposity geneva;”>In a new development, check dons have lined up a fresh demand for the university management to multiply their pay by two before the end of this month, treatment short of which, “another compelling step will be taken to get this done.”

The decision was arrived at during a Makerere University Staff Association (MUASA) General meeting that was convened at the campus on Thursday night.

Speaking to Chimpreports shortly after, MUASA mouthpiece Mr. Luis Kakinda noted that staff will not be putting up any longer with promises that do not come to fruition.

“The university has been promising us this increment for the last so many years, a pledge that has since been simply unyielding,” said Kakinda.


“We are thus asking the council to increase our salaries by 100 percent in the next 3 weeks,” he said, adding, “ if this is not done by the 28th of this month, another general meeting will be convened the following day to deliberate on yet another compelling means to get this done.”

Makerere lecturers have for decades been grappling with poor and delayed salaries.

Meanwhile, pressure from the other side of the students governing body to get the university management revise its new 60 percent fees policy is also unrelenting.

In the latest development according to the Students Guild, their petition to the Equal Opportunities Commission last month has bred promising results.

“The commission has responded by asking the University Council to suspend its decision pending further consultations with other stakeholders,” said Anna Adeke, the University’s Guild President.

Adeke intimated that another petition to the Education and Sports committee of parliament was still in waiting but expressed optimism the students grievances would be sorted.

“We maintain our firm position against discrimination and other unfair approaches in availing education, which spells out a fundamental right to all. Nobody should thus hamper or impede on this opportunity from a public university like Makerere,” said Adeke.

Students say the University policy requiring payment of 60 percent of tuition by the sixth week is “insensitive” considering that majority hail from poor families.

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