Makerere Staff Threaten Action Over Unpaid Salaries

MUASA chairman Dr Muhammad Kiggundu addressing journalists on Thursday afternoon (Photo: Kenneth Kaizbwe/ChimpReports)

Makerere University Academic Staff have vowed action if their salaries for the month of June are not paid by the end of business on Friday.

Addressing journalists on Thursday at the university guest house, health MUASA chairman Dr Muhammad Kiggundu Makerere University management has not heeded their call for payment of their due salaries.

“We were supposed to have received our salaries for June by this time but we have not seen anything up to now,” charged Dr Kiggundu.

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The University recently said it was broke, urging government to step in and arrest the situation.

A committee investigationg the tuition payment policy at Makerere University recently recommended that government takes over the entire wage bill of the troubled university.

75 percent of the institution’s budget goes into staff remuneration.

Makerere contributes Shs 2.5bn per month to the wage bill.

According to Dr Kiggundu, the situation is getting out of hand considering that Makerere staff have not received money for transport and food for over five months.

“Many of the staff have on many occasions got difficulties in getting transport to and from the university whereas many others don’t have food  for their families. Most of them are  in debts and all this is due to the 5-month arrears in form of incentives which have not been paid by the university.”

Asked whether they have tried seeking redress from the University management, the MUASA chairman said the university does not have money yet to pay its staff.

“We have been told that the University has not yet got money to pay to government as their 40 percent obligation on staff salaries and government also failing to send in its part of the payment.”

Dr Kiggundu said they would take the next course of action if the money is not paid by tomorrow, Friday.

“We have been patient but we  now want our salaries and incentives  paid before the new semester begins. We will not reveal our next plan because it was our tactic not to disclose to our enemy what we intend to do. We will not cross the river before we rreach it. When time comes, we will let them know,”the MUASA chairman replied when asked by ChimpReports on the next course of action in case they are not paid in time.

He said Makerere University has over 6,000 teaching and non-teaching staff.


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