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MUST Students Advised Not to Join Staff Strike

On Thursday, Mbarara University of Science and Technology Academic Staff Association –MUSTASA announced a staff strike. The staff accuse the Vice Chancellor Prof. Celestino Obua of incompetence, financial mismanagement, and misuse of university property and flouting of the University human resources manual by illegal staff recruitment.
MUST Guild Press Release on ongoing staff strike
The Guild President of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Mike Katongole and the Education Committee chairperson, Jacob Opolot have advised students not to demonstrate following the on-going staff strike. 

Katongole met Opolot at Parliament on Monday over the on-going staff strike at the university.

On Thursday, Mbarara University of Science and Technology Academic Staff Association –MUSTASA announced a staff strike. The staff accuse the Vice Chancellor Prof. Celestino Obua of incompetence, financial mismanagement, and misuse of university property and flouting of the University human resources manual by illegal staff recruitment.   

Education committee chairperson, Jacob Opolot says that he has advised Katongole and other student leaders to ensure that students do not join the staff strike because it could derail parliamentary intervention and even the on-going negotiations between the staff leaders with the Chancellor and Council. 

Students are demanding three core priorities which are that examinations will be conducted, availability of teaching, learning and administrative services to students and that the current impasse is resolved in the shortest possible time so that the university timetable runs as planned.

  

In a press release dated May 6th, Katongole noted that: “In this situation, student’s demonstrations, in my opinion, will frustrate the whole process and will force stakeholders to the verge of hard-line last option of suspending business of the university indefinitely…”   

Opolot says that the committee will meet on Tuesday and discuss the MUST staff strike among other businesses.

He told Uganda Radio Network, after meeting Katongole on Monday that the issues at the university must be resolved immediately because students are soon to sit for examinations.     

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