Makerere University Vice Chancellor Professor John Ddumba Ssentamu has backed lecturers on their demand for a 100 percent pay rise.
On Tuesday, lecturers under Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA), held a meeting and issued a three-day ultimatum for the university management to consider their demands of having an increment of their salaries.
Professor Ddumba Ssentamu told Uganda Radio Network that the demands of the lecturers are genuine adding that in Africa it is the lecturers at Makerere University who are the lowest paid.
On Friday this week, according to Professor Ddumba, the university council will sit to discuss the lecturers’ demands for the pay rise.
Dr. Mohamed Kiggundu, the MUASA chairperson says after the Friday meeting the lecturers shall reconvene and receive the council decision.
He adds that failure to honor the lecturers’ demands is likely to force the academic staff to lay down their tools at a time students are preparing to sit for their end of semester exams.
According to Dr. Kiggundu, lecturers’ earnings are meager and not enough to meet their daily necessities.
From 2004, Makerere University lecturers have been agitating for a pay rise after President Yoweri Museveni promised to have their salaries increased that year. The matter has been a subject of strikes over the last three years.