Makerere University has said it doesn’t have money anymore to settle the striking lecturers’ salary arrears.
The lecturers’ sit down strike has entered day as they continue to demand for Shs32bn in allowance arrears for eight months.
The Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ddumba Ssentamu says there is no money calling upon government to intervene.
Mohammed Kiggundu, the chairperson, Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) maintains that lecturers will not resume teaching until they are paid.
MUASA spokesperson, Dr Deus Muhwezi, said since 2000, they have been struggling with issues of pay and welfare.
He says assistant lecturers are the least paid; they earn a gross pay of Shs4.05m. After taxes, that comes down to UGX2.8m.
“Striking is an option after we try to negotiate and we don’t get good response,” Muhwezi said, adding, “We are negotiating with a side that is non-response. Our September letter to the chairman of council has yielded no response.”
Muhwezi says MUASA itself is a pressure group since they are not managers.
“We have heard promises over and over again but no adequate action.”
He says since the year started, they have gone on strike thrice and this will be the last one if their demands are met.
“We can’t continue to be victims of problems created by those in positions of responsibility. Makerere University management should be more proactive e.g. check on us, explain when payment is delayed.”