Makerere University Academic Staff Association-MUASA has given the administration two days ultimatum to clear lecturer’s allowance arrears or else they lay down their tools on Monday.
Muhammad Kiggundu, the MUASA chairperson says the lecturers have not received their May and June allowances, adding that, the association has taken note of the delay.
He told the media that the association has given the university administration up to Friday July 4th to credit all the lecturer’s accounts without fail. According to Kiggundu, the excuse that the university doesn’t have money doesn’t hold water. He says the university has avenues of fundraising to pay the lecturers. Kiggundu cited the University hospital and idle land in Makerere which can be turned into money making avenues for lecturers’ salaries.
Ritah Namisango, the Makerere Universitypublicist has admitted the delayed the payment of the lecturers incentive. Namisango said there is a delay in the payment of the incentive of May and June 2014 adding that, negotiations were ongoing between the concerned authorities to resolve the matter so that the University opens as scheduled in August 2014.
She added that the University Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Finance and Administration had written to the staff organizations restating the university’s commitment to paying the incentive. In August last year, approved a 70% salary incentive for its staff following a one month sit-down strike over a pay rise. The incentive was to be paid by the administration and collected through the re-alignment of the university budget to exclude allowances for foreign trips, seminars and workshops.
The university council at the time said it had earmarked 44 billion shillings to fund the incentive. The incentive pay for the two months is up to 4 billion shillings.