Dr. Chris Tuhairirwe, a lecturer from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences CHUSS said both students and staff have been pushed to the wall because of the incompetent members of council and management.
the Vice Chancellor, Prof John Ddumba Ssentamu
The Makerere University Academic staff Association-MUASA General Assembly has unanimously voted to maintain the ongoing strike.
Lillian Mbabazi, a member of MUASA moved the motion to maintain the strike during the general assembly this afternoon until the university clears their incentives for the last eight month.
It came after Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem, the Chairman Makerere University council told the MUASA members that it had been agreed that the incentive would be paid whenever money was available in the university. Eng. Wana-Etyem explained that currently, the University has Shillings 4 billion, which belongs to development partners and is meant for research.
He appealed to staff that the university was in its 11th week and that students were going to clear all tuition by the 12th week. "I appeal to you directly, that in spite of whatever you have seen, and heard please pick up your tools and go back to work. We will not solve your problem if the situation remains like this," Eng. Wana-Etyem said.
He also appealed to the staff to accept that university clears the arrears for one month by November. "I am going to ask management that by the end of November, they pay you at least a one month incentive. Please I understand your predicament that you're in," said the chairman attracting booing from the assembly. The lecturers demand arrears for the past eight months.
Thomas Tayebwa, the Ruhinda North county Member of Parliament who heads the finance committee pleaded with the staff to end the strike in vain, saying government was willing to work with them. "When we met the president, he told us that the incentive was not a statutory allowance and so government could not ask parliament to pass a supplementary budget."
Dr. Chris Tuhairirwe, a lecturer from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) said both students and staff have been pushed to the wall because of the incompetent members of council and management.
"Everyone should not mistake the incentive to any other thing. This was an amalgamation of the 36 allowances put into one allowance called incentive. We cannot continue pleading with managers who cannot listen to us. Council has no will to solve our issues from what I have seen, “said Dr. Chris Tuhairirwe.
The meeting was also attended by the Vice Chancellor, Prof John Ddumba Ssentamu, University Secretary Charles Barugahare, the Deputy vice chancellor Finance and Administration Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.
Shortly after the meeting, Jackson Mucunguzi, the Makerere Police Boss said police would take over the university as there is anticipated chaos by students