Police has deployed heavily at Kabale University after over 120 both the teaching and non-teaching staff of the university went again on strike rejecting validation appointment letters given to them by them, seek http://citrusresearch.org/wp-admin/includes/admin-filters.php citing irregularities and unpaid salaries for the last seven months.
On 16th September 2016, University officials started the exercise of offering validation appointment letters to the university staff members after it was transformed from a private institution to a public institution on 1st July2016.
The staff members under their umbrella body, Kabale University Academic Staff Association (KUASA) claim that the validation appointment letters the university is issuing are hanging without specific terms and conditions and have no specific job descriptions.
Emmanuel Nkundizana, the KUASA chairperson confirms that staff members resolved to reject validation appointment letters during a meeting held on Monday evening at the university main hall.
Nkundizana says the university is releasing letters that do not show clear job descriptions of duties and responsibilities wondering how workers can easily fulfill them.
“the university validation appointment letters are valid between six and eight mo
nth instead of three years and permanent. We also want the university to pay us our unpaid salaries for the last seven months before we sign on the letters ”.said
Dr. Joseph Tindyebwa the chairperson for Kabale University Professions and Academic Staff Union says that although the university tried to alert police to avert their meeting, they went ahead and held it.
He says they want the University to first make a memorandum of understanding protecting their jobs before they sign validation appointment letters.
He wondered why the University alerted anti-riot police to intimidate them yet they are complaining for a common cause.
One of the police officers who talked to ChimpReports on condition of anonymity says they (Police) were alerted by the University administrators on Sunday claiming that the aggrieved staff members are threatening to hold demonstration over their unpaid salaries.
He says that police want to remain deployed at the university until sanity is realized.
Johnson Kahesi, the acting Kabale University Public Relations Officer, says that although most of the staff members have rejected letters, others are cooperative and signing them.
Kahesi says that some of their issues will be discussed for a solution since validation exercise is still going on.
He adds that deployment of police in the University is not aimed at intimidating the aggrieved staff members but to make sure that the area is peaceful.