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Makerere Lecturers Plan Strike Over Pay Rise

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The previous semester closed last month amidst fury due to lack of a point of convergence between government and the institution on the same matter.

While management later on bowed to pressure from staff and endorsed a budgetary review to include the double pay rise, government through the education ministry has since dismissed the demands as “unattainable”

It has now emerged that Ministry of Finance too has confirmed this government position in a letter copied to the Vice Chancellor Prof. Ddumba-Ssentamu in which they maintain that funds to cater for this demand will not be available.

However, former chairman of the Makerere University Staff Association Dr. Tanga Odoi on Monday, highlighted a possibility of a “bad opening” of next semester in no progress is realized in their favor.

He also sought official stance of the institution’s top management and aspiring Deputy Vice Chancellor on a possible strike come next august, noting that the salary increment is justifiable and has only got be 100 percent.

Staff members were on Monday attending the public presentation by contestants vying for the position of Deputy Vice Chancellor (finance and administration) when more rot at Makerere was exposed.

Over the last years, the university lecturers have severally laid down their tools in protest of such things as delayed payment of salaries, poor working conditions among others for the first two to eight weeks of a semester, critically hampering academic business.

Aspiring DVC Dr. Barnabas Nawangwe, however suggested a more peaceful means of convincing government on the matter.

“Let’s keep engaging government in these talks. We need to reveal to them the vitality of our cause, and how our services are most important in this country affairs including national security

Meanwhile, it also emerged in the meeting that the Ivory Tower is currently grappling with gross mismanagement of funds by top administrators at school level.

Chimpreports understands that some of the big shots at the school of Agriculture, Engineering and Humanities have since been summoned and grilled by the CIID, over alleged disappearance of billions of shilling allocated to run affairs in the schools.

It is said that most of the schools up to now are still lacking operational machinery to take care of such cases of misconduct.

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