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Museveni Vows to Deal with ‘Undisciplined’ Makerere Lecturers

President Museveni has warned he is ready to deal with what he termed as “undisciplined Makerere University lecturers” who decided to go on strike over delayed payment of salaries.

Lecturers under their umbrella body MUASA last week announced they would  down tools and not until their incentives had been paid by government, a decision that prompted students to also demonstrate.

This compelled president Museveni to order for the university’s indefinite closure on Monday evening.

However, addressing a news conference at the new Luweero State Lodge on Wednesday night, Museveni said he could not tolerate the indiscipline exhibited by the lecturers whom he said are not concerned with teaching but rather money.

“We want to have professors paid Shs15 million but right now we have other program we are working on like roads and NAADS. If you have people who have an attitude of strike like these lecturers, it is not a good way,” said Museveni.

The lecturers want full payment of allowances that have accumulated from February – September, 2016 (now October, 2016).

They further content that the sit-down strike was prompted by the need to secure payments for the work already done after repeated, fruitless appeals to, and unfulfilled promises by, Management to pay accumulated dues.

“In fact, we are not surprised that our incentive arrears are not paid because over a number of years up to the present, we have repeatedly appealed to Council over the mismanagement of internally generated funds and gone ahead to identify areas of concern,” MUASA said in their letter to the University Council.


“But over years, our concerns have fallen on deaf ears and have been met with inaction and cover-ups. Ignoring these demands affects staff morale and commitment to produce for the University.”

The lecturers said management’s intransigence notwithstanding, they have continued to press on with “our struggle to make our working environment stimulating and raise the profile of our University and the Country as a whole. As members of the academic staff, we would achieve much more for this University and Country if we had a supportive management.”

But Museveni did not buy Makerere dons’ pleas.

“It is not a good attitude to paralyze the country. We will not tolerate any form of indiscipline at work. This is Kisanja Hakuna Mchezo,” said Museveni.

The president likened the striking lecturers to a “stupid farmer who abandons his farm because of delayed rain”, adding, “This is not good.”

He, however, assured that Makerere would soon be reopened after the sticky issues have been resolved.

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