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BREAKING: Makerere staff announce end to strike

Makerere University lecturers have announced closure of their strike. (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – Makerere University lecturers have announced that their three-week strike has ended and will on Monday resume lectures.

In a meeting held on Friday, the teaching and non-teaching staff said that they believe the university council led by Ms Lorna Magara is committed to negotiations on reinstating their suspended colleagues.

“We are trusting the goodwill of the new council to do the due diligence of the ongoing investigations into lecturers’ suspension,” said Makerere University academic staff association vice chairperson, Mr Edward Mwavu.

The decision came after the university council’s vice chairperson, Mr Dan Kidega, told the striking staff that council had agreed to disband all the committees formed by Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe h with immediate effect.

The Council committed themselves to review the suspension of Dr Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi, the MUASA chairperson and two other association leaders.

Last month, Makerere University Vice-Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe suspended Mr Kamunyu, Mr Bennet Magara, the Makerere Administrative Staff Association chairperson and his General Secretary, Mr Joseph Kalema for alleged indiscipline and inciting staff to strike.

The suspensions had since caused an impasse between the university management and staff.

Appearing before MPs on the Committee of Education on Thursday, members of the University Council led by the chairperson, Lorna Magara, said they would determine if the law was followed to suspend the staff.

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