Makerere Students To Join Staff Strike

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Makerere University student leaders have resolved to go on strike so as to have the university reopened.

Makerere University student leaders have resolved to go on strike so as to have the university reopened.
 
The decision was endorsed in a meeting held today at Makerere University Main Hall. The meeting brought together student leaders, representatives from non-teaching staff and area councillors.
 
Last week Vice Chancellor Professor John Ddumba-Ssentamu had issued a statement pushing the reporting date for students from August 6th to 13th, hoping that by then a negotiated deal would have been achieved.
 
However, Prof. Ddumba Ssentamu last evening released another statement indicating that the university would remain closed indefinitely. Prof. Ddumba's statement came after a failed negotiated deal between government and the non-teaching staff members over their salary enhancement and arrears.
  
Doreen Nyanjura, the Makerere University woman councillor to the KCCA council, reveals that the meeting has unanimously resolved that students will join the strike on Monday in case the university doesn't open as earlier scheduled.
 
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Acting guild president Jothan Burobuto says that government should pay the non-teaching staff salaries and arrears so that the university is re-opened.
  
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Vincent Abigaba, a university official in charge of students' registration and a member of Public Universities Non-Teaching Staff Executive Forum (PUNTISEF), told URN today that they are not ready to open unless government accepts to fulfill its promise to them.

In a meeting held at Makerere University today the staff under their umbrella Public Universities non-teaching staff executive Forum (PUNTISEF) said they want their arrears paid if they are to return to work.
  
Members of the non-teaching staff in public universities have been on strike since August 1st pushing for their enhanced salaries and arrears amounting to 28 billion shillings.

PUNTISEF chairman Jackson Betihamah yesterday told URN negotiations had not brought the changes they needed.  "We have written and talked to all stakeholders but it seems the only language they listen to is the strike. We are maintaining our stand and we won't return to work unless our promised money is paid," Betihamah said.