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Makerere staff bow to Museveni pressure, call off strike


Non-teaching staff general assembly at Makerere university

Non-teaching staff at Makerere University have called off their industrial strike after intense pressure from President Yoweri Museveni.

In a meeting at State House Entebbe on Tuesday, President Museveni said he had directed the Ministry of Finance to pay non-teaching staff at public universities and also provide report on the payroll saga.

The president also directed Ministry of Education to form a committee to deliver a report on single salary structure.

On Wednesday, Public universities non-teaching staff held a general assembly at Makerere University where they agreed to suspend the strike for three months.

According to the chairperson of Non-Teaching Staff Association Jackson Betihama, they were protesting against a non-payment of salary arrears enhancement amounting to Sh28bn.

He told press at Makerere today that they have called off the strike with the view that government will pay them in October as promised.

They are expected to resume work tomorrow. Thursday.

Betihama said Kyambogo university would also sit later in the day and resolve whether to call of the strike or not.

“Prof. Katunguka (VC Kyambogo) is doing his work to open the university of Kyambogo which we have accepted but the day today activities of the university which are run by the nonteaching staff are not there,” Betihamah was yesterday quoted by Uganda Radio Network as having said.

He added: “Whoever is saying that Kyambogo University is open is lying. The institution is totally paralyzed, they just brought some people who cut the padlocks and the locks for all halls of residences but they couldn’t replace the locks because there was no procurement.”

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