Non-teaching staff in the public universities of Uganda have gone on strike over non-payment of arrears worth sh25 billion. The strike which took effect over the weekend, has paralysed the five public universities in Uganda.
At Busitema University, examinations scheduled for May 2 but have not been able to take off due to the strike. At Kyambogo University, students who were in the process of picking and certifying their transcripts were left stranded with all offices closed.
According to Jackson Betihamah, the chairperson of the non-teaching staff, government ought to pay their arrears (salaries and incentives) of financial year 2015/17. Coupled with this, government should also pay their enhanced salaries fir 2016/17.
Last year, the President had directed the Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija to ensure that the non-teaching staff were paid. However, this was not done and the money was never passed in the current budget.