Association president Dr Samuel Oledo said doctors will receive their enhanced salary of Shs5million in July when the new financial year starts. He says the government has also committed to consider getting them duty free vehicles and that it is now putting together members of the taskforce to handle issues of compensation. He says if government repeats the same tricks this time, they will without notice go back to industrial action on the 1st of May 2022.
Mary Kisakye, a second-year student of Computer studies wonders how the university will run the exams without lecturers. Kisakye is also worried about getting last-minute pressure to accomplish course works and do exams at the same time in case lecturers decided to resume teaching.
While presiding over the matter, the head of the Industrial Court, Justice Asaph Ruhinda Ntegye and a panel of five judges explained to court that they were not ready with the judgement because Makerere University had delayed to submit its defense on time.
Dr. Kamunyu vowed in an interview with URN never to cede to dishonesty as he returns to Makerere University, saying that academic freedoms and freedoms of expression that he was fighting for remain cardinal to him.
The university has been the theatre of violence and the use of excessive force by law enforcement agencies, as students challenged a 15 per cent cumulative increment on tuition and functional fees. The increment, which started this academic year, will affect all first-year students, for the next five years.
Those issued warning letters include the Gender and Ethics & Integrity guild Minister, Marion Kirabo, who is also a fourth year student of Bachelor of Laws. Judith Nalukwago a Bachelor of Dental Surgery who is also the Vice Guild President has also been warned.
Eng. Frank Kitumba was evicted by a team from the University Estates, Works Directorate, security guards and police officers in what his lawyers described the eviction as unfortunate and contempt of the law.
Dr. John Emenyu, the Chairperson of the Mbarara University of Science and Technology Academic Staff Association –MUSTASA said the staff have laid their tools as a last resort after the university council failed to handle their issues with urgency.
Though the Uganda Medical Association UMA has set 8.5 million Uganda shillings as salary that must be paid to intern doctors, Robert Lubega, the president of medical intern for 2017-2018 says they have lowered their salary demands to 2.5 million as non-negotiable. The intern doctors laid down tools together with licensed doctors on November 6 pushing for better pay.
Equal Opportunities Commission EOC Chairperson, Sylvia Nabatanzi, says the best practice for sharing salary increment is that each member gets equal share rather than certain staff taking higher percentages than others. She says even when money is shared equally, lowest paid staff in a public university cant reach salary of highest paid staff since they are in different salary scales.
Tweheyo says the industrial action is still on and urges teachers to stay home. According to the statement, UNATU leaders at regional and branch level will convene on Monday for an urgent meeting to discuss the progress and plan of the strike.
Several schools in down town Kampala today opened with only head teachers and their deputies in attendance. Many parents also opted to keep their children at home strike by the teachers began to bite. Amidst intimidations and threats of sacking, many teachers remained at home a few of those who turned up remained cagey on for how long they will maintain the industrial action.