Kabale University Staff Close Campus Over 6 Month Salary Arrears

The striking staff close the university gate

Kabale University’s teaching and non-teaching staff yesterday held a peaceful demonstration at the campus, search closing all offices and lecture rooms over unpaid arrears for six months and the unclear status of their employment.

The staff, who matched through the university campus chanting slogans demanding their salaries, switched off the university generator, closed doors of all the offices and their university library.

The vividly angry staff also blocked all the access roads leading to their university with barbed wires and also locked all the university vehicles inside the university, before closing the university main gate.

They are also calling on the university administration to respond to their concerns immediately.

Students fleeing  the university

Students fleeing the university

Emmanuel Nkundizana, the University Academic Staff Association Chairperson, said that although they were made to write application letters in order to be considered for the validation exercise, they have not been considered for a formal employment status.

He added that they were forced to petition the President Yoweri Museveni, the Minster of Education and Sports, the Minister of Public Service and the Speaker of Parliament, calling for their intervention into their grievances but their pleas went unanswered.

The university staff marching in protest

The university staff marching in protest

It took the intervention of anti-riot police commanded by head of the Kabale Field Force Unit ASP HenryKisembo, to calm the situation.

He however told the striking workers that he had talked with the Resident District Commissioner, Darius Nandinda, the Regional Police Commander, and the Kabale District Police Commander, who asked the striking staff to call off their strike, pending a meeting today Wednesday to forge a way forward.

Anti riot police came in to calm the situation

Anti riot police came in to calm the situation

When our reporter contacted the Kabale University Governing Council Chairperson, Ephraim Manzi Tumubweine on phone about the matter, he said that the payment of their salaries arrears was delayed because, there had to follow some procedures to be able to get the payment processed.

He however promised to ensure that these arrears are remitted to the university account by the end of this week.



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