Former workers of Mbarara University of Science and Technology-MUST have led a procession in Mbarara municipality protesting nonpayment of their salary arrears to the tune of Shillings 604 million.
The affected workers, mostly medical personnel numbering to 229, transferred from the Education Ministry to the Health Ministry in 2005 and are currently deployed at Mbarara Hospital.
They took to the streets this morning to demand the payment of their salary arrears. They briefly blocked the vehicle belonging to Mbarara University Vice Chancellor, Threstine Obua from leaving the hospital where he had gone to attend a meeting with management.
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They accuse the University of making them to sign for the money in question early this year without effecting payment. They also claim that although the money was released to the university, they have never been paid.
Godfrey Masete, the secretary Mbarara University Medical Staff Association, says the University has for long promised to pay them in vain.
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Threstine Obua, the MUST Vice Chancellor, asked the striking workers to give dialogue a chance so that their issues are addressed. Without giving details, Obua said the matter is being held.
Threstine Barigye, the Director Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital Director, says they have put in place a skeleton staff to ensure patients are attended too.
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On December 20th, 2016, the same medics laid down their tools over the same matter. They called off the strike after negotiations led by Mbarara District Internal Security Officer, Robert Nabimanya.