Makerere University Staff Maintain Strike

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In short
The staff went on strike at the start of the Semester following the suspension of Bennet Magara and Joseph Kalema; both leaders of MASA and Dr. Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi, the MUASA chairperson, for alleged misconduct and violation of the terms of their employment.

Staff at Makerere University have rejected calls by university management to return to work. The staff jointly vowed not to return to work unless their suspended leaders are reinstated.  

The resolution was made during a joint General Assembly held on Monday afternoon at the  Makerere Main Hall where staff unanimously demanded respect of their associations and leaders. 

A fully packed Assembly was attended by staff belonging to the Makerere Administrative Staff Association (MASA), Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) and the support staff under the National Union of Education Institutions -NUEI. The meeting was also attended by members of university management who had on Friday constituted themselves into a meeting of "CONCERNED STAFF" and called off a strike. 
 
The staff went on strike at the start of the Semester following the suspension of Bennet Magara and Joseph Kalema; both leaders of  MASA and Dr. Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi, the MUASA chairperson, for alleged misconduct and violation of the terms of their employment.
 

The staff demanded the immediate reinstatement of their colleagues arguing that they were irregularly suspended.  

Prof. John Jean Barya, a law don advised the members of staff not to resume work expecting negotiations from university management urging that such scenarios have happened before and negotiations take even more than two years.  
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Prof. Edward Nector Mwavu, the MUASA Vice Chairperson speaking to URN after the emergency General Assembly said the staff want their staff leaders reinstated within three days before they resume work.  

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Dr. Micheal Walimbwa, the MUASA General Secretary gives the staff resolutions [English]  
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Diana Ahumuza from Law school urged staff colleagues not to return to work unless their association leaders are reinstated.  
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During the Joint Staff Assembly, the staff invited the Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe who in his address to staff said he was ready to uphold dialogue and mutual respect for his colleagues in staff association. 

He appealed to staff to return to work saying that the institution was loosing so much due to the strike. But his appeals were turned by staff who said they only want their leaders back.

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Davidson Ndyabahika
Davidson Ndyabahika is a Journalism major from Makerere University and is passionate about investigative and data journalism with special interest in feature story telling.

He has gone through digital and multi-media training both at Ultimate Multimedia Consult, and has attended Data Journalism Sessions at ACME to enrich his capacity in data journalism.

Davidson has previously freelanced with The Campus Times, The Observer, Chimp reports and URN. He is currently reporting under Education. He is also passionate about reporting on environment, health, crime and political satire writing.

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