Makerere university lecturers are set to strike if the Government does not increase their Pay as directed by the President.
In a later dated September 30th, The President directed that salaries for scientists be moved to the “desired levels “ which was addressed to the Health minister Jane Ruth Achieng and Public Service Minister Wilson Muruli Mukasa.
The President shocked the Country when he advised the non-academic and non-technical staff, who for years had a longstanding outcry for salary enhancement, to wait until such a time when the country can increase their pay directing Mr. Mukasa to conclude the issue of payments to government scientists and university teachers before 2021.
The New Salary Scale will see a Professor earn shs. 15m per month, Senior Consultants(Medical) shs.17m, University Lecturers shs. 12m, Director (Science) shs. 16m, Doctors shs.5m, and Scientists 3.5m.
Addressing a press conference, the Vice-Chairperson of Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) Mr. Edward Mvwavu said money should be released before the end of this financial year of 2019/2020 or else they will ignite a strike
“We the Makerere staff with joy and honour thank President Museveni for delivering his 2014 pledge. We thus ask the responsible ministries whom the President directed to ensure that our money is paid to us before the end of this financial year. We do not want what happened before to happen again,” Mr. Mwavu said.
Adding that if the salaries are effected, University staff in all public universities will be able to focus on teaching research and Innovations going forward.
However, The Ministry of Finance spokesperson Mr Jim Mugunga, earlier said that when an executive directive is given, the relevant ministries work with them to implement the directive, and that may take various forms of identifying the required funds to implement it adding that besides the Shs150b in the 2019/2020 budget earmarked for salary enhancement for lecturers and teachers, it is not yet clear how much will be required to effect the new presidential directive.
In 2014, President Museveni directed an enhancement of salaries for public university lecturers that would let professors earn up to Shs15m.
However, this was not effected as the ministry of finance said there was no money at that time to pay the dons as the President had directed. This caused unrest among the university dons in all public universities over their promised money, the recent one being in August.