Makerere University has been closed following the ongoing strike by non-teaching staff members over government 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.
Ddumba, however, did not say when it will open.
This therefore means that students will continue sitting home until when the university opens.
Early this 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), 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.”