Members of Makerere University management are today to discuss the staff salary impasse.
Charles Barugahare, the University Secretary has been saying Makerere, which was closed indefinitely on November 1st, has no money to pay staff salaries for November and December. The University requires 12.7 billion shillings to pay its 3,533 staff for two months.
However, Members of Makerere University Academic Staff Association (Muasa) say that the University has money to pay salaries. They claim that Makerere had in excess of 16 billion on its accounts as of the end of October 2016.
Prior to the shutdown, lecturers under the Makerere University Academic Staff Association, unanimously resolved to stage an industrial action demanding government to clear their arrears, standing at more than Shs28 billion.
The sit down strike attracted students’ riots which forced the President to intervene
Barugahare says that the university wrote to the ministry seeking guidance regarding the matter asking how we would be able to raise top-ups for staff salaries when we are not generating revenue. It is unfortunate that in their response to us, they never addressed the issue raised but insisted that we process the November salary,” Barugahare.
Barugahare adds that the 40% University contribution is from the Non Tax Revenues or the internally generated funds which include fees paid by students and ground rent from some of the commercial units.
In a November 25 letter to all staff, the University Council Chairperson, Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem, stated that the institution has not been able to raise its 40 percent contribution to the wage bill to pay lecturers and other staffs and by end of the month yesterday, the lecturers had not been paid yet.