Makerere University, Uganda’s main public university has been closed indefinitely, following the laying down of tools by the lecturers.
The lecturers have refused to go back to work, demanding a pay rise and an immediate refund of Shs16.7 billion in retirement benefits owed to them by National Insurance Corporation.
The chairperson of the university counci, Charles Wana Etyem, announced the closure.
Students who just a week ago returned to the institution hoping to start the second semester are now stranded at the country’s oldest and biggest public university.
The University Council, which is the highest administrative organ of the institution, and other stakeholders decided to close the university as they continue to negotiate outstanding issues with government.
Mr Charles Wana Etyem, the University Council chairman, told lecturers on Thursday that President Museveni had requested them not to lay down their tools as they continue to negotiate. He also informed them about the government’s action of salary review for all civil servants.