No Salaries for Makerere University Staff - Etyem

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In a November 25 letter to all staff at Makerere University, Etyem stated that the campus which has been closed since November 1 has not been able to raise its 40 percent contribution to the wage bill to pay lecturers and other staffs.

Makerere University staff will not be paid salaries for the month of November, University Council chairman Dr Charles Wana Etyem has announced.

In a November 25 letter to all staff at Makerere University, Etyem stated that the campus which has been closed since November 1 has not been able to raise its 40 percent contribution to the wage bill to pay lecturers and other staffs.

Under the arrangement, government meets 60 percent of the Makerere University wage bill while the university contributes 40 percent to the same.

"Though government has released its portion to the wage bill as appropriated, Makerere University is unable to make its contribution due to the closure," the letter reads.

He adds that the University shall not be able to pay salaries until it's reopened and students have paid.

The University was closed by President Yoweri Museveni early this month after failed negotiations between Makerere University Council, management and the lecturers who were demanding payment of their eight-month salary incentives amounting to 28 billion Shillings. The payment arises out of overtime commitments in teaching evening and weekend classes.

Prior to the closure students had joined the strike demanding that their lecturers return to class and teach. Cars were vandalized, property damaged and looted and students arrested in the ensuing scuffle as they became violent.

President Museveni stated that he was closing the university in order to guarantee safety of persons and property."

However, Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi, the spokesperson of Makerere University Academic Staff Association-MUASA said that the failure to pay salaries is a trick to divide and rule the university staff to drop their cause of demanding for their incentive.

"We all know that by the time the university closed, over half of the students had paid their fees. We are used to these tricks by management and we are not surprised that council can communicate that," Muhwezi said.

Dr James Ocita, a lecturer of literature said; "If the university claims they don't have the money yet before the closure they had money for salaries, it is their problem and they should sort their problems because as far as I am concerned, we are entitled to our salaries."

 

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