There is a heavy police presence at Makerere University as it faces closure over continued lecturers’ strike.
Hundreds of Police officers on Tuesday morning were seen patrolling the vast Makerere main campus and neighbouring Wandegeya streets to avert any uprisings as Makerere University students started their demonstration challenging the lecturers strike over unpaid arrears.
The lecturers under their umbrella body Makerere University Academic staff Association-MUASA General Assembly down their tools on Tuesday over their accumulated incentive arrears amounting to Shs28 billion for eight months [February to September 2016] and vowed not to return to work if this money is not paid.
Lecture rooms on Tuesday were still deserted and students told journalists that it would be in a better idea if MUASA and University Council to negotiate since the strike is affecting them.
Lillian Mbabazi, a member of MUASA moved the motion to maintain the strike during the general assembly this afternoon until the university clears their incentives for the last eight month.
It came after Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem, the Chairman Makerere University council told the MUASA members that it had been agreed that the incentive would be paid whenever money was available in the university. Eng. Wana-Etyem explained that currently, the University has Shillings 4 billion, which belongs to development partners and is meant for research.