Police Deploys at Kabale University as Staffs Resume Strike

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In short
The lecturers strike at Kabale University, which 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.

Police have heavily deployed at Kabale University after lecturers 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 for the year 2016/2017 as the campus changes from a private to a public university.

Unlike the past when the Lecturers abandoned the University premises and refrained from marking the student's exams, today they staged a demonstration at the University premises and locked all offices, with padlocks. Also closed was the university library and computer laboratory.

After closing the offices, the lecturers and the support staff were seen singing and chanting songs against the university administration. They said there will be no business at the University until their issues are addressed immediately.

Emmanuel Nkundizana, the chairperson of Kabale University Academic Staff Association told URN that although they were subjected to a tedious application process, none of them was validated as the first step for formal employment with the institution.

He further revealed that the petitions which were forwarded to the office of the president and parliament have not yielded fruit.

Anti-riot police was called in to calm the situation. However, the lecturers were relentless until the intervention of the Resident District Commissioner Daruis Nandinda. The situation normalized when the lecturers left the university campus.

Nandinda told URN that the district security committee has talked to the university administration and have agreed to meet the striking lecturers later today. He says that the police will however remain at the University for Security Purposes.

 Manzi Tumubweine, the chairperson Kabale University Council told our reporter on Phone that the delay in addressing the lecturers concerns was not deliberate. He said that the problem will be handled before the end of today.