Makerere Lecturers Honour MPs Plea, Call off Strike

Makerere University Staff have this evening called their industrial action that has been ongoing for about a month.

This move follows today’s meeting between the university council and leaders of the Makerere University academic staff.

During the closed door meeting university lecturers agreed to end their strike and resume lectures on Monday something done in the good of the institution and country at large.

The lecturers add that they have given the council more time to negotiate with the administration on how to reinstate all the suspended lecturers back to their initial job positions.

This comes just day after Members of Parliament urged Makerere University administration to amicably resolve the stand-off with staff so that the university normal programmes can resume.

The MPs on the Committee on Education and Sports met Makerere University Management and Council on Thursday 14 February 2019, encouraged the university leadership to be more flexible and use dialogue in trying to resolve the strike at the institution.

However during the meeting, the Vice the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe noted that it might not be easy to resolve the since the right legal procedures were followed in suspending the staff.

“All these cases of suspension in particular the 45 cases arose out of the decision of the Appointments Board and they were given a fair hearing,” he said adding that indiscipline had deteriorated with refusal to attend lectures, mark exam papers and physical assault among others.

Nawangwe also revealed that Dr. Deus Kamunyu insulted, intimidated, abused and undermined university officials and the leadership.

It should be noted that Prof. Nawangwe suspended Dr Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi, the Chairperson Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) and others including Bennet Magara, the Chairperson Makerere Administrative Staff Association and his General Secretary, Joseph Kalema over allegations indiscipline aimed at disrupting the activities of the university.

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