Makerere lecturers declare to strike citing little remuneration

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Makerere university academic staff association -Muasa have vowed to strike over little pay and sufficient budget allocations by government come July.

Muasa faults the university council for failure to match arrears of all academic staff in the 2018/2019 financial plan.

Dr Deus Muhwezi Kamunyu, the Muasa chairman said that the academic staff members have worked to raise the standards of Makerere University but their pay has for many years remained down because of unjust polices.

“Staffs of Makerere University for a long time because of our unfair policies inside the institution have been disadvantaged but we don’t mind we can raise the standard, Makerere can raise the standard, but we are saying as staff that when you raise the standards your pay must also be commensurate to those standards,” he said

The previous financial plan allocated Shs12billion for academic staff, 38 billion short of what they required to do their academic work.

The minister for education and sports Hon Janet Museveni pledged to incorporate their demand in the 2018/2019 financial budget, however according to Kamunyu Muhwezi, the promise were not made.

“What we have seen so far is an allocation of only Shs33b, and that’s for all categories of staff, as the academic staff we only, expected Shs50 billion plus Shs38 billon which is Shs88 billion approximately,” Muasa chairman said.

With their promise unyielding, lectures are left with one option
“Come July without the concerns of the people addressed, a strike is eminent.” He declared.

President Museveni in November 2016 ordered for an immediate closure of Makerere University and instituted a committee to probe into the institutions beneath as well as the cause of strikes at Uganda’s oldest high institution learning.

However, 5 months into this year, the institution has been hit by scandals after the other.

The sandals include sex for marks, draconian polices, strike for students and now lecturers among others.

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