Makerere University has been closed down till further notice following a sit down strike by the academic after a council meeting today resolved they could not meet the lecturers payrise demands of 100 per cent.

The decision was announced Wednesday by the chairman University Council Dr. Charles Wana Etyem after an emergency meeting. The meeting had been called to discuss the ongoing staff strike that has brought work at the university to a halt.

Earlier, the association had warned students against reporting unless their pay was honored. The first semester starts on August 17.

The university council on Friday last week formed a committee which was expected to meet representatives from both teaching and non-teaching staff associations later in the day to discuss their salary demands.

According to chimpreports Vice Chancellor Prof Ddumba Sentamu said last week that doubling staff salaries would imply that the university would have to part with more that Shs 75bn annually to cater for its staff, which is impossible, considering that they are already in a Shs 50 billion deficit.

“We have now arranged to meet with officials from the Ministry of Education to have government take over the university’s entire wage bill and we are hoping that they will accept,” he said.

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