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The lecturers under their umbrella, Makerere University Academic Staff Association MUASA, made the resolution in a poorly attended General Assembly held at Makerere School of Education Conference Hall on Thursday.

Makerere University lecturers have agreed to suspend the strike and resume teaching evening students immediately.
 
The lecturers under their umbrella, Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA), made the resolution in a poorly attended General Assembly held at Makerere School of Education Conference Hall on Thursday.
 
For a week, MUASA members have not been attending evening lectures which begin at 5:00 pm and end at 10:00 pm.
 
The latest strike, coming just a week after the non-teaching staff called off theirs, was triggered off by a decision by the University Council to slash lecturers' allowances from 70 to 25%. Each university lecturer is entitled to a monthly allowance equivalent to 70% of their salary as an incentive to teach students admitted on evening and weekend programmes.

Speaking to URN after the General Assembly, Deus Muhwezi Kamunyu, the MUASA publicist said members are to resume teaching as negotiations regarding the payment of their incentives are ongoing.

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Kamunyu explains other conditions to be met by the Council when it sits on October 21st.
 
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When asked on whether the students who have been missing lectures will be compensated for their time, Kamunyu said that they have been doing this before and they will handle it since they are teachers.

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The MUASA resolution comes after a special meeting held between the Vice Chairperson of Council, Members of Management and MUASA Executive held on Wednesday September 14th 2016 in the Council Room located in the University Main building.
 
During the special meeting with the University Council Vice Chairperson, Hon. Irene Ovonji Odida, it was agreed that the September 1st Council decision to slash the incentive money be suspended until council sits on October 21st.

MUASA chairperson, Dr. Mohammed Kigundu, presented to the General Assembly a statement from the Wednesday meeting.  The statement demanded that; "management presents an action plan with a status update on the implementation of the Kabaasa Committee recommendations to council at its meeting of October 21st.
 
In 2013 during one of the several strikes by the lecturers over low pay, the university instituted a committee headed by the Appointments Board chairperson, Bruce Kabaasa, to review the university budget, revenue and costs, and come up with recommendations.
 
The Kabaasa Committee had proposed removing of all allowances such as sitting in meetings and VIVA allowances among others and combining them into one called incentives. The amount of money was put at 70% of each lecturer's monthly pay.
 
But the university has since struggled to raise the money to pay the incentives now in arrears of up to five months.