The new vice-chancellor of Uganda Christian University
Dr Aaron Mushengyezi is starting a fundraising drive to support lecturers cope with the effects of Covid-19 lockdown. The university administration suspended payment of
all its contract and full-time staff in June.
The then vice-chancellor
Rev. Canon. Dr John Senyonyi noted that circumstances had made it impossible
to continue paying staff normally following the closure of the university in
March which made it difficult to collect fees from students a key source of
income for the university.
He also noted that the
affected employees would not be required to report to work and perform as their
duties would not be achievable without extreme difficulty and inconvenience. Dr Mushengyezi says most of the affected 300 workers who have families and relatives to care for are struggling at this time and need support in terms of food and other essentials.
He has appointed a team of seven administrators
to be in charge of the drive and these including Frank Obonyo, Evangeline
Nalujja, Doroth Tushemerirwe, Bob Buga, Petra Abwamukama, Veronica Masinde and Esther
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According to deputy vice-chancellor in
charge of finance and administration Dr David Mugawe, the suspended contracts did
not imply termination and shall resume being effective when everything is back to normal. The university remained with a few active staff on special contracts (Covid-19 contract) to ensure continuity of administrative
Mugawe reveals that the university revenue
has been minimal ever since the lockdown was declared and administrative activities
have been depending on limited reserves.
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UCU is currently under its final
preparations of resuming academic semesters using e-platforms. Part of their
staff has been trained and mastered the art of conducting online classes.