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MUST Lecturers Refuse to Call Off Strike

On Thursday, the committee held a meeting with the top University Management at Kihumuro campus.
10 May 2019 11:58

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Striking lecturers of Mbarara University of Science and Technology-MUST have rejected pleas by members of the Parliamentary committee on education to call off their strike.

On Thursday, the committee held a closed door meeting with the top University Management at Kihumuro campus.

The closed-door meeting saw the student leaders being denied access to the meeting on grounds that they were not invited.

A group of student leaders from the University’s Old Campus in Mbarara town arrived at Kihumuro campus and attempted to force their way inside the meeting venue but were blocked by police on grounds that they had not been invited for the meeting.

However, Joseph Sewungu, the chairperson of the committee asked the police to allow them sit just outside the meeting room. 

The MPs told journalists that they convinced the lecturers to call off the strike, in vain.

They also said that a team from the office of the Auditor General is already in Mbarara to investigate the cases of financial mismanagement raised by the staff.

 Nathan Twesigye Itungo the Member of Parliament for Kashari South revealed that the issues of financial mismanagement, staff harassment among others were raised by the staff members who also accuse the University council of conniving with the top administration to gag the staff. 

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Makindye West MP Allan Sewanyana who was part of the team revealed that throughout the meetings, it is clear that there is no coordination between the staff, Administration and the University Council.

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He noted that there was a lot of negligence on the side of the university management which caused the standoff.

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A member of staff who talked to our reporter on condition of anonymity revealed that it may not be possible for them to resume work without having their matters addressed.