Makerere Staff to Get Salary Despite University Closure

Makerere Staff to Get Salary Despite University Closure

By Serestino Tusingwire                   

Government has confirmed that Makerere University staff will still be receiving their salaries as usual for the period the university will be closed.

The Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Education, Rose Nassali Lukwago, in her November 14 letter to the University Secretary, Charles Barugahare, clarified that despite the indefinite closure, staff were not dismissed and were still entitled to their monthly pay.

“I wish to clarify that staff have not been dismissed, therefore the University is obliged to pay them salaries within the existing rules and regulations of payment for salaries,” reads Dr. Nassali’s letter in part.

Barugahare had on November 10 written to Nassali Lukwago seeking clarification on the procedure of processing payments for staff at Makerere.

It’s now three weeks since the university was closed by president Museveni following academic staff strike over incentive arrears amounting to Shs28 billion that had accumulated since February this year.

Government has since appointed a nine-member Visitation Committee to investigate the challenges that led to the closure of Makerere University.

The committee is expected to finish its work in 3 moths time.

It’s not yet clear whether the government will wait until the investigations are done to reopen the university.