No Pay, No Work – MUK Dons
By Serestino Tusingwire
Makerere university lecturers have vowed not to return to class unless they are paid their incentive arrears for now 10 months to zero balance.
The lecturers under their umbrella association, Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) on Thursday held a meeting in the university hall but it flopped as it failed to yield any fruits as expected.
The MUASA chairman Dr. Mohammad Kiggundu had called the meeting to share with staff some of the proposals he received from the university council in a meeting that happened on Tuesday this week.
In the Tuesday meeting, the council had offered to pay lectures salary for November and half of December and then arrears be paid in installments beginning February next year.
President Museveni had also told the lecturers to accept returning to class without giving him any conditions.
Close to two months since Makerere University was closed, there was hope that the academic staff would agree to call off their strike and go back to class.
Though some of the lecturers had bought the idea, a big section of lecturers remained adamant saying no one can hoodwink them to return to class without their pay.
The meeting ended prematurely as some members began walking out of the main hall, but Dr. Kiggundu assured members that another meeting would be called to inform members of the way forward.
The University remains closed since November 1, following a sit-down strike by academic staff over incentive arrears amounting to Shs28bn.
Students remain at home hopeless of returning to school any time soon.