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Lecturers to Reapply for Jobs as Muteesa University Reopens

The future of lecturers of Muteesa I Royal University is in doubt despite the fact that authorities have resolved to reopen it.
Muteesa I Royal University Vice Chancellor Prof. Arthur Sserwanga.
The future of lecturers of Muteesa I Royal University is in doubt despite the fact that authorities have resolved to reopen it.

Muteesa I Royal University has been closed since October after a series of violent strikes. Police in Masaka first closed the university main campus in Kirumba- Masaka after students joined a strike initially staged by lecturers over poor pay.

The lecturers accused the university council of spending a lot of money on Prof. Arthur Sserwanga, the Vice Chancellor, yet they were being paid what they called peanuts which also delayed.

The lecturers said Prof Sserwanga was earning 25 million Shillings per month while they were paid between 800,000 Shillings to three million Shillings.

The lecturers' strike angered students who also went on rampage protesting failure by the lecturers to teach them. They destroyed university property prompting police to deploy at the campus. Management later closed the university.

The students also accused the university of failing to fix broken toilets as well as clear the bush around the main campus.

After a series of meetings, the University Council has resolved to reopen the two university campuses on December 2. Both the main campus in Masaka and Kakeeka campus in Kampala are expected to reopen and complete the remaining semester.

The university council, however, wants all lecturers to reapply for jobs.

Prof. Arthur Sserwanga, the Vice Chancellor has confirmed the reopening plans of the university but declined to speak about other issues.

Yosefu Lukyamui, the Public Relations Officer has confirmed that all employees will need to apply for jobs afresh. He notes that some lecturers inciting the general university community could lose their jobs.

Lukyamuzi says the university is currently struggling financially, which makes it hard to raise resources to meet its obligations. He explains that the university entirely depends on students' tuition which is not enough.

The university staff association is expected to convene a meeting next Friday to discuss their fate.

Early this year, Lady Justice Julia Ssebutinde, the University Chancellor, threatened to resign over continued strikes at the university. She noted that she felt embarrassed to hear repeated strikes by students.

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