Mbarara University Lectures issue an Ultimatum to Government.
Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) standoff has intensified.
Staff at Mbarara University of science and Technology have issued an ultimatum of two weeks to the government and the University’s top leadership to have their matters addressed or else they resume the strike.
Staff members in May suspended the strike which had paralyzed business at the University after the intervention of the parliamentary committee on education.
The University Vice Chancellor Prof. Celestine Obua and University secretary Melcure Byaruhanga are accused of swindling university money and other cases of misconduct.
The accused express no signs of leaving office despite over 240 staff members ganging-up against them.
The staff who held a General Assembly at the main campus in Mbarara town on Monday June 10 2019 expressed disappointment with the top management of the University over what they refer to as continued harassment of staff especially those who were at the fore front of the strike, maladministration among others.
The staff also revealed that the promises by the parliamentary committee on education to have a forensic audit of the University’s books of accounts, restraining the administration from mistreating staff and commencing the search process for the new vice chancellor are all yet to be fulfilled.
Interdiction of University Spokesperson:
The staff are also demanding that the administration also withdraws its decision to interdict the public Relations officer Denis Lukaya over allegations of threatening to attack Prof. Celestine Obua the Vice Chancellor on the 9th of May 2019.
The interdiction letter dated 7th June 2019 says the PRO risks being paid half salary if he does not respect the letter. He has vowed not to leave office as fellow staff members are behind him.
Julius Taremwa, the Mbarara University of Science and Technology Senior Administration Forum – (MUSTASA) general secretary told our reporter after the general Assembly that the decision has been taken to extend the suspension of the strike for a period of two upon whose expiry, they will resume the strike.
Taremwa adds that staff have already decided to petition the parliament of Uganda to so that urgent action is taken to save the situation at the University.
Obua became a VC on a Friday, 24 October 2014, and his term has less than a year to end. He maintains that he is not leaving office because at the age of 66, he qualifies to apply for a 2nd term if job adverts are released.