By Najibu Mulema
More voices are being added to support the recent closure of Makerere University. The latest is from Educationist Fagil Mande who said the rampant strikes at the Uganda’s oldest university had reached its peak and did not board well for the future of the university.
Mande added that the president’s directive to close the university was timely. He also advised the lecturers to establish ways of negotiating and resolving the issues rather than striking.
However, he urged that the government should come up with long lasting solution that will permanently eradicate strikes at the university
“Everything will be closed we cannot wait for problems until people kill each other, destroy property ,I think prevention is better than cure I hope during this time all measures will be taken to ensure that actually the university opens as quickly as possible, I think we need to establish ways of resolving the problem.”
“How can lecturers really stop teaching because part of their arrears have not been paid, yes I know its their right but we need to establish other ways of negotiating.”
President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday ordered the closure of Makerere University after a violent strike by the students following lecturer’s refusal to teach due to delayed incentives payment amounting to shs 28 billion by the university council.