Gulu University is choking on debts worth billions of Shillings in unpaid salary arrears to teaching and non-teaching staff. On Monday, lecturers declined to administer end of semester exams over the nonpayment of their extra load allowances.
As a result, Professor Jack Nyeko Penmogi, the acting Gulu University vice chancellor circulated a circular suspending the exams indefinitely. Professor David Kitara Lagoro, the Chairperson Gulu University, says the university owes the lecturers Shillings 700 million in extra load allowances.
He blames the utter mismanagement of funds disbursed by government to the University for Gratuity in the 2013/14 financial year for the mess.
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The others he says are dissertation and thesis marking allowances, which have accumulated for the last ten years. According to Prof. Lagoro, lecturers in Gulu and St. Mary's teaching Hospitals are also claiming their honorary allowances.
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According to Professor David Kitara Lagoro, Gulu University has been operating without funds for research for several years, saying each head of department had to improvise for his department. He explains that the most affected staff at the university are part time lecturers as well as those in Kitgum Campus.
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When contacted for comment on the allegations Professor Openyjuru Ladaa, the acting Gulu University vice chancellor said he was held up in a meeting.