Mbarara University Staff Strike, Demand VC’s Resignation

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Dr. John Emenyu, the Chairperson of the Mbarara University of Science and Technology Academic Staff Association –MUSTASA said the staff have laid their tools as a last resort after the university council failed to handle their issues with urgency.

Staff at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) have unanimously agreed to lay down their tools until the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Celestino Obua steps down. 

 
The lecturers accuse the Obua and the university accounting officer of lack of transparency and allegedly embezzling funds meant for operations of the university.


They want the University Council to immediately relieve Prof Obua of his duties in public interest. Obua is six months' shy of retirement.  

They also say they want the search committee to be empowered to start the process of searching for the next Vice-Chancellor.  

The strike comes only a fortnight after they suspended the strike and issued a two-week ultimatum to allow the university council to sort their issues.  

The staff accused the institution management of mismanagement of financial resources, bleaching the human resources manual, unfair recruitment of staff and misuse of university property.


 
 Dr John Emenyu, the Chairperson of the Mbarara University of Science and Technology Academic Staff Association - MUSTASA said the staff has laid their tools as a last resort after the university council failed to handle their issues with urgency. 



Dr Emenyu said in a joint statement issued with Charles Kakuru, the Chairperson of the institution's chapter of the National Union of Educational Institutions - NUEI following an emergency general assembly on Thursday.  

"All emergency services in the Faculty of Medicine and Department of University Security will remain functional," staff say.

 

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