Kabale University Workers Reject Validation Letters

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Johnson Kahesi, the Public Relations Officer, Kabale University, says although most of the staff members have rejected their validation letters others have signed them.

About 120 workers of Kabale University comprising of the teaching and none teaching staff have rejected the letter validating their appointment citing irregularities. 

On September 16th, Kabale University started issuing validation letters to staff following its transformation from a private to a public institution on July 1st this year.
However, some of the staff members under their Umbrella, Kabale University Academic Staff Association, say the validation letters don't specify the condition and terms of their appointment. 

Emmanuel Nkundizana, the chairperson Kabale University Academic Staff, says they resolved to reject the validation letters during a meeting held on Monday evening in the main hall. 

According to Nkundizana, in addition to the fact that the validation letters don't specify the duties and responsibilities of the affected staff, they are valid for between six and eight months.
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Dr. Joseph Tindyebwa is the chairperson of Kabale University Professions and Academic Staff Union. According to Tindyebwa, they want the University to sign a memorandum of understanding protecting their jobs before they sign the validation letters.

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Johnson Kahesi, the Public Relations Officer, Kabale University, says although most of the staff members have rejected their validation letters others have signed them. 

He says the some of the issues raised by those rejecting the validation letters will be discussed since the exercise is still ongoing. Kahesi defends the deployment of police at the university, saying they are meant to maintain peace and not intimidate staff.

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There has been tension at Kabale University between the administration and staff. On July 12th, the staff laid down their tools accusing the administration of mistreating them and neglecting their concerns.

Prior to the strike, more than 40 lectures petitioned the University council chairperson, Manzi Tumubweine through their umbrella body Kabale University Academic Staff Association demanding their salary arrears for the past five months.

In their July 7th petition, the lecturers demanded an explanation why most of them haven't been considered for inclusion on the government payroll for the 2016/2017 financial year as the university transitions from a private to a public institution despite having served for many years.


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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.

Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.

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