High Court Justice Patricia Wasswa Basaza has this morning ordered for written submissions in the case in which six students from Makerere Law School sued President Yoweri Museveni for closing the university. Justice Basaza Wasswa demanded written submissions from both parties by May 29th and has set June 22nd as date for making a ruling on the matter.
The vote, which brings hope for the reopening of the University, was held during an emergency general assembly held at Makerere University main hall this morning. 81 members voted in support of a motion to suspend the strike while 51 others wanted the strike to continue until their grievances are addressed.
Dr. William Tayeebwa, a lecturer in the Mass Communication Department, told URN that whereas the payment of staff salary somehow cooled the lecturers tempers, majority are not happy because banks took off money from individual accounts faster than it had been paid.
The executive members of Makerere University Academic Staff Association Muasa are in the process of convening another general assembly just a day after they failed to convince lecturers to call off a sit down strike. In a letter dated December 16, 2016, Dr Lawrence Mugisha, the Muasa vice general secretary calls staff for another meeting on December 19th adding that all should attend in person.
Charles Barugahare, who is the chief accounting officer of the university, says that for as long as the university remains closed and students are not paying tuition, it is hard for them to pay salaries. This week, however, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu, the vice chancellor, said that once the University receives an order from Council, they will be able to pay salaries.
According to Namisango, the office of the Academic Registrar has dispatched communication to the respective head Teachers notifying them to use this week to effect the required payment of a non-refundable fee of Shillings 52,000 for each candidate for the forms.
Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye and the Inspector General of Police. Gen. Kale Kayihura have applauded the innovation. Mugarura however, says the government officials are yet to fulfill their promises to support him.
In a November 25 letter to all staff at Makerere University, Etyem stated that the campus which has been closed since November 1 has not been able to raise its 40 percent contribution to the wage bill to pay lecturers and other staffs.
As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. Makerere University by academic year 1991/1992 had sunk to its lowest, with a generally highly dilapidated physical plant and low-ebb academic standards, mainly due to severe lack of finances to rehabilitate and rejuvenate the university. Flows of financial and other resources from government were just too low, too uncertain and too irregular to maintain and sustain both the physical and academic infrastructures in the university.
Former Makerere University Registrar, Dr Mukwanason Hyuha has weighed in on the current problems facing the institution now in its fourth week of closure over non-payment of staff incentives. Mukwanason, who served as Academic Registrar between 1993 and 2000, traces the current problem back to 1993 when poor government funding forced Makerere to venture into private sponsorship scheme
Prof. Charles Ibingira, the Principal of the Mulago based Makerere University College of Health Sciences, wrote a letter dated November 17 inviting staff of the college for what he called a special meeting.