Makerere-University

Lecturers at Makerere University have agreed to call off their strike over delayed payment of incentive arrears, a development that led to the closure of the university two months ago.

This development comes in the wake of a meeting held between members of the University Council led by Chairman Dr Charles Wana Etyem, and the lecturers.

Details of the Monday meeting were scanty by press time, however, it seems the two parties reached consensus on the modalities of how payment would be effected.

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The lecturers put down their tools after both the university and government failed to honour commitments to pay them Shs32 billion in incentive arrears.

At the time of the lecturers strike, the students also went on strike, protesting against not being taught, a situation that prompted President Yoweri to order the closure.

‘Pursuant to the powers vested in me by the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda and Section 26(2) of the Universities and other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001 as amended, decided to close Makerere University with immediate effect, until further notice, in order to guarantee the safety of persons and property’, the President wrote on October 30.

Subsequently, the President appointed a Visitation Committee led by Dr Abel Rwendeire to investigate the Makerere impasse and come up recommendations on how the university’s operations can be streamlined.