Makerere to Reopen on January 2
By Serestino Tusingwire
Makerere University which has been closed since November is expected to be reopened on January 02, 2017.
This was after the University council reached consensus with the teaching staff regarding the payments of their incentive arrears which was initially the cause for the closure.
It should be remembered that Makerere was closed on the directives of the president after the lectures went on sit-down strike demanding for incentive arrears for 9 months amounting to Sh28bn.
According to the source who is a member of the teaching staff association (MUASA), lectures agreed to be paid the November salary and resume work as they wait for the incentives which will be paid later.
“At least everyone is interested in having the university reopened. We have agreed that November salary be paid and council finds money to pay part of December. But incentive arrears will be paid at a later time,” a source who preferred anonymity said.
The Chairperson Finance Planning Administration and Investment Committee (FPAIC), Thomas Tayeebwa on Tuesday intimated to us that a deal had been reached between the council and lecturers over reopening the university.
“Today we finished a marathon of meetings over MUK. Students are likely to report on 2nd January. We managed to strike a deal with staff at last.” Tayebwa said.
It is however alleged that President Museveni told council to pay lecturers their November salary only if they agree to return to class without giving him conditions.