Makerere students strike, head to parliament


Doreen Nyanjura is also among those donning the red gown [Campusbee photo]

Makerere students have staged a strike protesting the continued closure of the institution following a strike by non-teaching staff.

Among the notable figures is Makerere LC5 councillor Doreen Nyanjura who is accompanied by acting Guild President Jothan Burubuto and the GRC school of Education, Simon Wanyera.

The trio clashed with police, which swiftly deployed to the institution after refusing to board a bus provided for them to go to parliament.

They had opted to walk all the way to parliament to seek audience with the minister of Education and First Lady, Janet Kataaha Museveni.

In what they termed as “Red Monday”, the students had resolved to start a procession across town only to be blocked by police manning the main gate.

Police suggested they take a bus in order to avoid commotion in town that would disrupt business.

Makerere University students announced last week that they would start a parallel strike today Monday, to push for the re-opening of the university.

This comes after Makerere University postponed the commencing of semester one until further notice.

The non-teaching staff members are striking over government’s failure to increase their arrears as promised by President Yoweri Museveni in 2009.

The largest university’s vice chancellor prof. John Ddumba said the continued strike by non-teaching staff of the six public universities across the country puts the institution at risk and therefore, it was necessary to close it until further notice.

Early last week, the striking non-teaching staff rejected an offer by government that their salary arrears will be paid in October.

The chairman Public Universities Non-Teaching Staff Executives Forum (PUNTSEF), Mr Jackson Betihamah, said that before talking about payment of arrears, government should first enhance their salaries as per the May 2015 agreement.

A letter dated August 8, addressed to minister of Education Janet Museveni and her Finance colleague Matia Kasaija, stated: “Government will in the second 2nd quarter of this financial year 2016/2017 release the arrears on salary arrears of non-teaching staff for financial year 2015/2016 as directed by the president.”

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