EDITOR: President Museveni's decision to meet top Makerere University lecturers this week is commendable. The negotiations show that the President is very concerned about the closure of Ugandaâ€™s top and oldest university.
The negotiations are aimed at ensuring that an amicable resolution is reached amongst all the aggrieved parties. The President is willing to personally deal with the matter and that shows how much he values all the stakeholders.
The lecturers should call off the strike to allow for time to discuss and negotiate their outstanding problems. In the meeting, the President agreed that the lecturers be paid their salary arrears. This is evidence that most of the issues will be solved in due course.
Parents and students alike must be more than patient and avoid all kinds of unrest. Taking the case to court might have a negative effect. The case might drag on and delay the reopening of the university. This is the time to avoid anxiety that causes tension and mistrust.
It is painful and very disappointing for both parents and students that the university closed just days after parents had just paid tuition and hostel fees. Do not despair, the negotiations will yield good results any time before long.
Governmentâ€™s efforts to ensure that the university opens must be welcomed by all Ugandans. This is because universities help to train manpower for the Government and other stakeholders globally.
Uganda Media Centre
Take heart, Makerere University will re-open soon