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    Makerere Staff Issues 3-Day Ultimatum Over 70% Incentive

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    Makerere staff has issued a 3-day ultimatum to the University council to come up with an explanation why it has failed to clear the 70 percent incentive for May and June.

    The staff wrote a letter addressed to the university council, advising the university the university not to open for the new semester if their incentive amounting to over Shs4 billion is not cleared.

    The chairman Makerere University academic staff Association Dr. Mohamed Kigundu has also demanded that the university should explain why the incentive has not been cleared yet all the students cleared their tuition last semester.

    Ms Ritah Namisango, the Makerere university spokesperson has acknowledged receipt of the letter saying that the University management is still negotiating with the staff.

    However, she said the university is currently under a financial crisis and unable to clear the lecturer’s incentives.

    Last year, the lecturers staged a two-week strike over allowances for teaching evening classes and were promised a 70% incentive. The University lecturers under their Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) had staged a sit-down strike in August demanding a 100% pay rise but after the negotiations held to end the strike in September, it was agreed that all allowances be drawn into a pool, consolidated and then passed on as a 70% salary incentive to all staff.

    However, the lecturers now claim they have not received the incentives for May and June.

    Led by their leader, the Guild president Ivan Bwowe, the students have advised the two parties to sort out their issues before the beginning of the semester to avoid any inconveniences.

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