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.
Dr. John Emenyu, the MUSTASA Chairperson
Staff at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) have
unanimously agreed to lay down their tools until the Vice Chancellor, Prof.
Celestino Obua steps down.
The lecturers accuse the Obua and the university accounting
officer of lack of transparency and allegedly embezzling funds meant for
operations of the university.
They want the University Council to immediately relieve Prof Obua
of his duties in public interest. Obua is six months’ shy of retirement.
They also say they want the search committee to be empowered to start the
process of searching for the next Vice-Chancellor.
The strike comes only a fortnight after they suspended the strike and issued a
two-week ultimatum to allow the university council to sort their issues.
The staff accused the institution management of mismanagement of financial
resources, bleaching the human resources manual, unfair recruitment of staff
and misuse of university property.
Dr John Emenyu, the Chairperson of the Mbarara University of Science and
Technology Academic Staff Association –MUSTASA said the staff has laid their
tools as a last resort after the university council failed to handle their
issues with urgency.
Dr Emenyu said in a joint statement issued with Charles Kakuru, the Chairperson
of the institution’s chapter of the National Union of Educational Institutions
–NUEI following an emergency general assembly on Thursday.
“All emergency services in the Faculty of Medicine and Department of University
Security will remain functional,” staff say.