The committee members note that there is need to ascertain what is happening on the ground, listen to key stakeholders including the University Council, top management, staff associations and guild leaders so as to bring an end to the strike.
The Education Committee of parliament has decided
to conduct an oversight visit to Mbarara University of Science and
Technology-(MUST and meet management over the ongoing staff strike and looming
The committee members note that there is need to ascertain what is happening on the ground, listen to key
stakeholders including the University Council, top management, staff
associations and guild leaders so as to bring an end to the strike.
Luuka South MP, Stephen Kisa Bakubalwayo, says
the committee will “invade” the university on Wednesday night and hold a
meeting on Thursday morning on what can be done to resolve the current
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The committee chairperson, Jacob Opolot has called on all members
to avail themselves for the oversight exercise so that an agreement is reached
at the university come Thursday.
The committee has 25 members. He says that it
is important that business normalizes at the university because examinations
are expected to start on Monday next week.
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On Monday, Opolot met the MUST Guild President, Mike
They agreed that students shouldn’t join the
staff strike because it will derail the ongoing negotiations between the staff
leadership with the Chancellor and university Council on ending the strike and
address the issues raised by the staff.
Students have listed three core priorities, which are that
examinations should be conducted, availability of teaching, learning and
administrative services to students.
They also want the current impasse resolved in
the shortest possible time so that the university timetable runs as planned.
On Thursday, Mbarara University of Science and Technology Academic Staff
Association –MUSTASA announced a staff strike.
The staff accuses the Vice Chancellor Prof.
Celestino Obua of incompetence, financial mismanagement, misuse of university
property and flouting of the human resources manual through illegal staff
Prof. Obua has since denied all the accusations
leveled against him, saying he is being found in tribal grounds. He has tasked
accusing him to produce evidence substantiating their claims.