Former Makerere University researcher Dr. Stella Nyanzi has attacked the government for devaluing education and academics in Uganda.
This comes one day after Makerere University lecturers decided to put down their tools in protest of being paid salary enhancements for about eight months.
Speaking through her Facebook page, Nyanzi also attacked government for prioritising guns and other luxurious things like expensive cars for Ministers that don not develop the country.
“The academia in Uganda is so undervalued that our meagre pay is way down the list of national priorities. After guns, stuffed ballots, stolen votes, bribe for judges, new police cars, new police uniforms, government salaries for relatives and friends to the first family, cows, cow feed, cow dip, cow salt, foreign trips, yack-yack-yack, public university monies end up somewhere at the bottom after essential medicines and a new cancer machine.” Said Dr. Nyanzi.
Nyanzi passionately also added that the education sector is and not only undervalued by also forgotten specifying on the multi million shillings given to members of parliament who just have a minimum qualification of senior six yet University professors with degrees are paid peanuts that is never even given to them in time.
“Considering how fast government pays the exorbitantly high salaries and allowances of Members of Parliament, I propose that academic staff at Makerere University abandon the chalk and lecture notes and instead contest for parliamentary seats. Museveni’s humongous parliament will fit all of us in. After all, we all have the minimum qualifications required to make MP, unlike the unschooled hooligans sitting without legitimate papers inside our disgraced House of Parliament.” Added Nyanzi.
She also said that Makerere university lecturers should be awarded Hero’s day medals because the sacrifice of working for eight months without pay is one of the biggest offers that even the president can’t do.