MPs Fundraise For Makerere Re-Opening
By Serestino Tusingwire
Members of parliament have joined the fundraising campaign to raise the Shs28bn to clear Makerere university academic staff incentive arrears and have the institution reopened.
The fundraising campaign is championed by former Makerere university guild presidents including Ntungamo Municipality MP Gerald Karuhanga, Female MP Anna Adeke and Bugabula County’s Maurice Kibalya.
The campaign to have Makerere re-opened was initiated by FDC’s Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye who gave the government 10 days ultimatum to re-open the university.
The lawmakers joined by former MUK students who are legislators from all political parties were on the first day able to raise Shs550,000 and vowed to continue with the campaign until they raise the whole amount needed.
The MPs are targeting to collect only Shs50,000 from 60,000 people to be able to raise that amount.
Makerere University was closed at the start of November following academic staff strike claiming for salary incentive arrears amounting to Shs28bn for nine months.