Guild President Burobuto Writes to Museveni as Makerere Staff Threaten to strike

Acting Guild President Jothan Burobuto (L) adressing students in June. (Photo by: Paul Ampurire/ChimpReports)

Jothan Yamurebire Burobuto, ampoule the acting guild president of Makerere University has written to President Museveni over issues at the country’s oldest higher institution of learning where the staff members have threatened to lay down tools unless their salary arrears are cleared.

Academic Staff members under their umbrella body the Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA), on Thursday July 21st threatened to ‘take action’ if the university didn’t clear their arrears by close of business on Friday July 22nd.

The university however, is yet to respond to the threat.

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In an open letter dated July 28th, Burobuto reminds the president of the promises that he made to the teaching and non-teaching staff in 2015 saying that their salaries would be enhanced and all arrears paid beginning with the 2016/17 financial year.

He noted that the failure of the respective officials to adhere to the president’s directive was indicative of disrespect of his orders and that “their impunity is bound to destroy the Education Sector especially in Public Universities.”

“Your Excellency despite your explicit directive, in a letter dated 22nd July 2016, addressed to the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Public Service, the Secretary to the Treasury seemingly directed the ministry of Public Service to inform all non-teaching staff of Public Universities that you are a liar, untrustworthy a manipulator, that you lack integrity and that people should never take your word for it,” Burobuto wrote.

“He has told the non-teaching staff that the directive of his boss, in fact, extreme boss is of no consequence to his office.  He has assured the non-teaching staff vehemently and unequivocably that if any of them gets an enhancement in tandem with that of the teaching staff or even their arrears paid then he won’t be the Secretary to the Treasury,” the letter further reads.

Burobuto called upon the president to swing into action and bring the respective officials to order, saying that their failure to adhere to his [President Museveni] directive is an act of “defiance campaign in the national treasury”

“Mr. President most of the Public Universities open on 6th August for the 1st year students just over a week from now.  The Non-teaching staff in particular those of Makerere (I think even the others) have threatened to lay down their tools beginning 1st August 2016 unless your directive is adhered to.”

Burobuto implored the president to consider the parents of over 100,000 students in public universities that will be affected incase the staff members decide to go on strike.


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