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.
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
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.