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President Yoweri Museveni is on Tuesday expected to meet leaders of teaching and non-teaching staff of public universities across the country amid ongoing standoff over their salary enhancement.
The staff has remained on strike despite government announcing last week that it had raised up to Shs150b for their salary enhancement. The money also includes that for secondary and primary school teachers.
Mr Edward Mwavu, the Vice Chairperson of Makerere University Academic Staff Association, confirmed the meeting with the President.
However, he was quick to add that in the meeting they are going to demand what is rightfully theirs.
“We are not going to negotiate with the President but rather to request him to honor his pledge,” Mr Mwavu said in an interview on Monday.
Teachers and the university staff had demanded up to Shs 254.9b for their salary enhancement.
But during a closed door meeting chaired by the First Deputy Prime Minister, Gen Moses Ali, early this month, teachers and the university staff were told that government had raised Shs 101b in addition Shs 49b earlier on budgeted bringing the total amount to Shs 150b.
Minister for Public Service Muluri Mukasa told journalists in Kampala on August 1 that the money was got from different agencies, ministries and departments’ planned expenditure on things like staff training, conferences, maintenance of vehicles, and scholastic materials.
“The operation efficiency of the MDA’s will be significantly impacted but this is a sacrifice that government should take,” he said.
Of the Shs150b, Mr Mukasa said, Shs135b will go towards improving primary teachers’ salaries and the rest will be for university teaching and non-teaching staff.
But Dr Grace Lubaale, the chairperson of the public universities academic staff association, said that the money was not enough.