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Makerere university staff on strike


Closed Senate building

Makerere University non-teaching staff members have gone on strike.

They are demanding that government pays their financial year 2015/2016 salary arrears and enhanced salaries for 2016/2017.

Witnesses at the country’s most prestigious institution says ICT and Civil Engineering colleges remained locked as non-teaching staff went about their other businesses.

Also locked were the university library, lecture rooms, university main building and senate building.

The strike is expected to spread to other public universities.

On Friday, Vincent Abigaba, the General Secretary of Makerere University Administrative Staff Association, announced that non-teaching staff in public universities would lay down their tools again following revelations by the Finance Ministry that there is no money to clear their arrears for the 2015/16 financial year.

Last year, the non-teaching staff laid down their tools prompting government to promise to give them a pay rise in the 2016/17 financial year and clear their arrears for the 2015/16 financial year as well.

They were demanding Shs30bn in arrears and an additional Shs28bn for the new financial year.


Students gather outside Senate building

The Finance Ministry only released Shs78.5bn out of which, Shs50bn was for the academic staff and the remaining Shs28.5bn for the non-teaching staff including new universities.

Yet in an April 11th 2016 letter to the Education and Public Service Ministry, Keith Muhakanizi, the Finance Ministry Permanent Secretary, said government will not provide additional funds to the non-teaching staff because it was not included in the 2016/17 financial year Education Ministry policy statement.

Uganda Radio Network quoted Dr. Rose Nasali Lukwago, the Education Ministry Permanent Secretary notifying the Public Service Ministry that there were no additional funds will be available for wages in the 2016/17 financial year.

Abigaba, the General Secretary of Makerere University Administrative Staff Association, told URN that staff from Makerere University would join their colleagues from other public universities to demand for what belongs to them.

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