By Sandra Birungi
As the two week ultimatum comes to an end, Makerere university lecturers have rejected a 20% salary increment which was offered to them by the administration.
Lecturers said, through the staff spokesperson, Louis Kakinda that they were not willing to settle for less than 100% salary increment which they are seeking from the university administration and the government of Uganda.
Vice-chancellor, Prof John Ssentamu Ddumba last week on Thursday said the university had reallocated sh20b to staff salaries, which would enable a 20% raise emphasising that the money had been set aside for other duties like travel, workshops, allowances, lubricants and roads.
However, the university staff maintain the university council should honor the ‘handsome pay raise’ effective this financial year. “We do not care where and how the council finds the money to implement the 100% pay increment,” said Kakinda. The council endorsed a 100% salary increment for the staff at Makerere university in May but the idea was rejected by the finance ministry over resource constraints.
A week ago, Makerere staff laid down their tools demanding for a salary increment which led to the closure of the university. Education minister Jessica Alupo ordered the council to open the university within two weeks, saying the Government did not have the money to bankroll a pay raise.