Makerere University is to remain closed for at least three more months as the committee constituted by President Yoweri Museveni to investigate the issues affecting the institution does its work.
State Minister for Higher Education John Chrysestom Muyingo yesterday told parliament that he was not sure when the university will be open, adding that the committee was given up to February 2017 to complete the investigations.
However, some MPs were opposed to the move saying the committee can as well carry out its investigations when the university is open.
According to the MPs the continued closure of the university is sabotage to the students’ future.
On Monday this week, president Museveni appointed a visitation committee of inquiry into the affairs of Makerere University which was he closed two weeks ago after a lecturers’ strike.
The lecturers are demanding payment of their incentive arrears totalling to over Shs27 billion.
“In the exercise of the powers vested in the President by Section 26 of the Universities and other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001 as amended, I have appointed a Visitation Committee of Inquiry into the affairs of the university,” said the President said in a letter addressed to the Chancellor, Makerere University.
The committee which commenced work already is headed by Dr. Abel Rwendeire, who is deputised by Lady Justice Keturah Katunguka.
Other members are Hon. Tim Lwanga, Dr. Florence Muranga, Dr. Proscovia Namubiru Sentamu, Mr. John F. S. Muwanga, Dr. Paul Musasizi, Dr. Kisoro and Eng. Lumu.