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Military rushes to Makerere as students stage another strike

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Military police and regular police have deployed at Makerere university where students have gone on strike.

The students are protesting failure by lecturers to teach them for two weeks now.

Lecturers at Makerere University on Monday voted to continue the strike which kicked off last week.

The decision was reached in stormy meeting of Makerere lecturers under their umbrella body, Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA), and the University Council.

The lecturers under MUASA, however, stuck to their guns; insisted they won’t be resuming work until the university has paid them or committed a date for payment instead of telling them there is no money or that they will be paid once the money is found.

The chairman university council, Eng Dr Charles Wana-Etyem, says there is no money to pay the arrears.

The lecturers are demanding the University incentive arrears of about Shs 28 billion that accumulated from the past eight months of non-payment.

The students then resolved to also strike in solidarity with their teachers.

Police moved in with teargas and water cannons to disperse students who had raided the main building aka Ivory Tower.

Their guild president Roy Ssembogga demands that the university honours the contract signed with students.

He asked that university halls remain open as they await a decision by the university council today.

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