Makerere University Students Guild has given the university administration 48 hours to resolve the issues of striking lectures, Watchdog Uganda has learnt.
In a meeting held on Wednesday, Papa Were Salim, the Makerere University Guild president advised the two conflicting parties (lecturers and administration) to sit on a round table and iron out their issues.
He said students had paid their tuition, reported to the university yet lecturers are nowhere to be seen.
The semester opened on January 19, 2019.
“If the administration fails to fulfill our demand by Friday noon, as the Guild president I will be announcing our next move,” Were warned.
The development follows the lecturers’ strike that kicked off last weekend.
The lecturers under three university staff Associations; Makerere University Academic Staff Association (Muasa), Makerere University Administrative Staff Association (Masa) and National Union of Educational Institutions (NUEI) resolved to put down their working tools until ‘some demands’ are met by the University administration.
Among the demands, the lecturers want the suspension of Dr Dues Kamunyu Muhwezi (Muasa Chairperson), Bennet Magara (Masa Chairman), Joseph Kalema (Masa General Secretary) lifted.
The lecturers also revealed that they have engaged the services of lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde of Centre for Legal Aid to provide standby legal counsel to all university staff affected or threatened by the continued heavy handedness, intimidation, victimisation and abuse of power by the university management under vice chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe; and to assist the Association leaders to amplify staff concerns.