A section of Members of Parliament have started fundraising about Shillings 30 billion to clear the salary incentives of Makerere University lecturers. The fundraising drive is spearheaded by Gerald Karuhanga, the Ntungamo Municipality Member of parliament and National Female Youth Member of Parliament, Ann Adeke Ebaju.
The two are former guild presidents at Makerere University. The two legislators say the decided to launch the fundraising drive following the failure by government to clear the salary incentives for the past eight months, which prompted the lecturers to lay down their tools leading to the closure of the university on November 1, 2016.
President, Yoweri Museveni ordered the closure of the university following failed negotiations between the university council, administration and the lecturers. According to Karuhanga, they are targeting to collect Shillings 50,000 from 600,000 people across the country within a space of one month to collect the required funds.
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Gilbert Olanya, the Kilak South MP, faults government for closing the university, saying the visitation committee would carry on with its work as students continue with their studies.
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Recently, President, Museveni appointed a visitation committee led by Dr. Abel Rwendeire to investigate into the affairs of Makerere University.
Adeke says government should have consulted with different stakeholders before closing the university.
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Joshua Anywarach, the Padyere County MP, says President Museveni should consider the plight of parents who have already paid tuition for their children.
Last week, Dr. Wana Etyem, Makerere University council chairman, said the staff will not receive their November pay due to lack of top up funds. Makerere University contributes 40 percent of the staff salaries from tuition.