Kabale University Postpones Opening Date

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The university was slated to open on August 15, for the new students and on August 22, for continuing students. However, the University Council announced this afternoon that the university will remain closed for another one month.

The administration of Kabale University has extended the opening date for the new semester.

The university was slated to open on August 15, for the new students and on August 22, for continuing students.  However, the University Council announced this afternoon that the university will remain closed for another one month.

The extension was declared shortly after the university lecturers and support staff resumed a strike to demand for their salary arrears. The lecturers have not been paid for the past five months.

The strike initially started on July 12, had been suspended on July 28, when the lecturers resolved to petition parliament and the office of the president to address their grievances. They equally sought an explanation for their omission from the government payroll as the campus changes from a private to a public university.

Earlier, police increased its presence at the campus as the lecturers turned rowdy and locked all offices with padlocks.

The chairperson of the University Council Manzi Tumubweine says that the university will now open on September 17 and 24 for new students and continuing students respectively. He says that the decision is to enable the university manage the transition without encumbrances.

Manzi says that the University will compensate lost time when it eventually opens its doors for students adding that it is not prepared to host students under the prevailing circumstances.

The chairperson says that it will be useless for the students to report at the University when they cannot be taught and given other services.

Other Universities across the country will open on August 15.