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The staff made the resolution during a Joint General Assembly of administrative, academic and support staff Associations on Friday.
University Council Vice Chairperson Rt. Hon. Daniel Fred Kidega addressing the Makerere Joint Staff Assembly on Friday

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Makerere University lecturers have resolved to end the sit-down strike and resume lectures.

The staff made the resolution during a Joint General Assembly of administrative, academic and support staff Associations on Friday.

The strike that had paralyzed university operations was called off after assurances from the University Council, a supreme governing body that it will handle the staff issues.

The staff went on strike on January 18 protesting the decision by the University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe to suspend three staff association leaders; Bennet Magara, the Chairperson of Makerere Administrative Staff Association-MASA, his Secretary General, Joseph Kalema and Dr Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi, the Chairperson Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA).

They were separately suspended from University service on grounds of indiscipline and incitement of staff with a view of making the institution ungovernable.

The Vice Chairperson of the University Council Daniel Fred Kidega said the issues of staff will be handled expeditiously by the University Appointments Board starting Monday.

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Prof. Ben Kiromba Twinomugisha from the School of Law says the recommendation by the Vice Chancellor to close the Law School had prompted him to resign from Makerere University.

According to Prof. Twinomugisha, the university council's gesture to handle the staff grievances including quashing the processes the Vice Chancellor has given a ray of hope to the staff.

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Dr Kamunyu welcomed the resolutions and said that he was ready to cooperate with the new committee established by the Council.

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Bennet Magara, the suspended MASA chairperson said that he hopes that the University Council will keep its word and stick to the law and provide proper guidance to the institution.  //Cue in: “I agree and respect…

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Some students welcomed the suspension of the strike by staff.

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Dr Muhammad Kiggundu Musoke, the University Spokesperson says that the resolution is the beginning of dialogue and tolerance in the university. 

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