Gulu Leaders To Petition Parliament Over Gulu University

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During a meeting called by Gulu district leaders on Tuesday afternoon to find solution to the strikes, the assistant lecturers who attended the meeting said that they too are planning to stage a strike over non-payment of their allowances. The leaders were shocked to learn that the lecturers have not been paid for the last eight months.

Gulu district leaders have resolved to petition the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to intervene and investigate the management of the state of affairs in Gulu University.
The resolution stems from a string of student strikes that has plagued Gulu University in the last two weeks.

Students of Gulu University have over the past two weeks staged several strikes to protest against maladministration. They accuse the university administration led by Prof. Pen-mogi of incompetence and corruption.

The students are angry that Prof. Pen-mogi’s administration has failed to utilize millions of shillings collected in form of development fee to construct lecture rooms.

The students say as a result they have been forced to study under trees and in a neighboring primary school. They also say the university lacks seats and the sanitation situation in the campus is appalling.

During a meeting called by Gulu district leaders on Tuesday afternoon to find solution to the strikes, the assistant lecturers who attended the meeting said that they too are planning to stage a strike over non-payment of their allowances.

The leaders were shocked to learn that the lecturers have not been paid for the last eight months.

The meeting resolved to petition the PAC to investigate the management of the state of affairs at Gulu University.

But Prof. Nyeko Pen Mogi says he is not to blame arguing that Gulu like other universities are poorly funded by government.

He says the university only gets about 500 million shillings as contribution towards development which is too little to use for constructing lecture rooms.
 
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He accused the local leaders of fuelling the strike at the university yet they have allegedly failed to allocate land where the university can setup permanent structures.

In a related development, police have released 16 students of Gulu University who were arrested during the strike.

Johnson Kilama the northern Uganda Police Spokesperson says the students were released after police found out that they were innocent.
 
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Gulu University is located about five kilometres from Gulu town is among the eight public universities in Uganda.

 

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