President Museveni has expressed his desire to have Makerere University to open soon.
“We are going to open the University ( Makerere) as soon as possible so that we can have our children continue with their education” the president says.
President Yoweri Museveni ordered for the closure of Makerere University which has been embroiled with lecturers’ and students’ strikes since last week.
The lecturers laid down their tools to protest non-payment of their salary incentives for the last 8 months amounting to Shillings 28 billion.
While addressing the media on Wednesday night at Kawumu State Lodge in Makulubita Sub County in Luweero district, Museveni condemned the strike.
He however, said government is determined to clear the incentive arrears despite the fact that there is no money at the moment.
Museveni also said that government is determined to pay professors Shillings 15 million from 8 million, but asked them to wait a little longer since there is no money at the moment to do so.
The Presidential directive issued on Tuesday evening was taken “to guarantee the safety of persons and property”.
“Pursuant to the powers vested in me by the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda and Section 26(2) of the Universities and other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001 as amended, decided to close Makerere University with immediate effect, until further notice, in order to guarantee safety of persons and property” the directive signed by the President stated.