Gulu lecturers strike persists for 2 weeks


Some of the students of Gulu University loiter in the compound following the lecturer’s strike


Lectures at Gulu University Kitgum Campus have been paralyzed for a second week due to a strike by lecturers over accumulated salary arrears.

The lecturers are demanding up to 360 Million Shillings from May 2014.

Associate Professor George Lada Openyjuru, the Gulu University Deputy Vice Chancellor on Tuesday convened a staff meeting to persuade the lecturers to abandon the strike and resume work.

However, majority of the lecturers and teaching assistants boycotted the meeting as their offices were kept under lock and key.

The delegation consisting of high ranking officials then addressed guild leaders before returning to the Main Campus in Gulu.

Christopher Opira, the Director Gulu University Kitgum Campus told Uganda Radio Network that the meeting with student leaders resolved that arrears of lecturers without queries should be paid within two weeks.

According to Opira, the internal auditor at Gulu University main campus raised queries on the payroll after detecting inflated salary claims from some of the part time lecturers and teaching staff.

He said the Internal Auditor then decided to scrutinize all claims before they are paid, resulting into the delays.

The Gulu University Kitgum Campus was established four years ago. It currently has more than 400 students and 34 lecturers mostly part timers. The campus operates from rented premises, which cost the university Shillings 96 Million each year.

Associate Professor George Lada Openyjuru, the Gulu University Deputy Vice Chancellor says the Campus has continued to rely on the Main Campus in Gulu after failing to attract students and generate enough funds for its own operations.

Openyjuru explains that only few students and parents have embraced the campus while majority still prefer to study in Universities outside the district.

Openyjuru says he has tasked the few lecturers who attended the emergency meeting to mobilize their colleagues to resume lectures as the issue of the delayed salaries is sorted by the main campus.

After a weeklong deadlock, students have also joined the strikes to pile pressure on the University administration to resolve the lecturers’ strike.

On Saturday, students marched to the office of the Resident District Commissioner and Police to protest the lack of lectures.

Stephen Komakech, the Kitgum Campus Guild President says the students have temporarily suspended their participation in the strikes until 9am on Saturday.


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