By Najibu Mulema

Former Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye and ‘Friends of Makerere’,a group led by former Makerere University guild presidents,today have started a campaign for re-opening of the university and fundraise for lecturers arrears.

The lecturers laid down tools in October following the university’s failure to clear their incentive arrears amounting to shs 28 billion.

Last week, the university council came out and said it doesn’t have money to pay the lecturers not until when the university is open.

Besigye is set to bring one of his cows for auction to the highest bidder which money shall be contributed to the cause of raising the incentives the lecturers are demanding the university.

Recently, Besigye said government‘s action to close the university was uncalled for and he demanded immediate opening of the institution. He also asked the university council to release the payment for the lecturers.

On November 1, 2016, President Yoweri Museveni passed a directive ordering the immediate closure of the university.

According to Museveni, he did this to protect the lives and property of people which would have been lost due to the uncoordinated strikes at the university.