By Najibu Mulema
The makerere University students started striking today morning following the Monday’s meeting of lecturers under the umbrella of Makerere University Academic Staff Association(MUASA) where they persistently refused to teach until the university council clears their incentives arrears.
The students strike started at Lumumba hall amid heavy police and military deployment using bullets and teargas inside the university.
The students demand the lecturers to resume teaching as they demand their pay from the university council.
The Monday general assembly which voted to continue with the strike was attended by the Council Chairperson Dr Charles Wana Etyem, the Vice Chancellor Prof Ddumba Ssentamu and Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration, Prof Bernabas Nawangwe.
“I want to appeal to you directly that in the interest of Makerere University…, unless the university is running, we are not going to solve these problems,” Dr Etyem said.
He had promised the lecturers that the university would pay their incentives for one month by end of November which claim the academic staff denied. The lecturers are demanding payment of incentives for the last 8 months excluding the month of October.
At the end of June, the arrears had accumulated to Shs28 billion.
Now news coming in indicate that the university students want to meet president Yoweri Museveni instead of the university council because he is the only one who can help them at the moment.