MPs Kickstart Fundraiser For Makerere University
Eleven Members of Parliament have launched a drive to fundraise for funds to pay lecturers at Makerere University.
The MPs include Gerald Karuhanga (Ntungamo Municipality), Ann Adeke Ebaju (National Female Youth), Eric Musana (Buyaga East), Onesmus Twinamatsiko (Bugangaizi East), Gilbert Olanya (Kilak South), Maurice Kibalya (Bugabula South) and Joshua Anywarach (Padyere).
Others are Francis Mwijukye (Buhweju), Mbwatekamwa Gafa (Kasambya) and David Abala (Ngora). The MPs are pushing to raise Ugx 30 billion shillings from a target of 600,000 Ugandans to pay the arrears of the Makerere University lecturers, who recently went on strike, protesting the delay by government to clear their arrears totaling about Ugx 28 billion.
The strike prompted another strike by students, forcing the President to close the university indefinitely early this month.
“We are going to raise this money. We are not asking too much, just Ugx 50,000. If we have maybe about 100,000 parents and close to 1 million former students, we can raise this money,” Karuhanga explained.
Francis Mwijukye said the fundraising drive will also target different persons, including the business community to raise the money.
“We are concerned that Makerere has been closed for long and we have launched this campaign towards its opening. We don’t need much but only committed Ugandans as friends of Makerere,” Mwijukye said.
Olanya appealed to government to re-open the university, looking at the plight of parents who toil to pay tuition for their children.
Mbwatekamwa expressed bitterness over the rushed decision to close the university, wondering whether government was committed to promoting education in the country.
“We have been saying Kisanja hakuna mchezo but it is already full of mchezo (games). We are not seeing anything good from the ministry of Education,” Mbwatekamwa lamented.
Adeke says the university has had a lot of financial troubles, with committees set up to probe this however no report recommendations have been implemented. The MPs collected Ugx 50,000 each, raising a total of Ugx 550,000 after the press conference.
A section of Members of Parliament have started a fundraising drive to raise about 30 billion shillings to clear arrears for Makerere University lecturers.
Spearheaded by former Makerere guild presidents, Gerald Karuhanga, Ntungamo Municipality MP and National Female Youth MP, Ann Adeke Ebaju, the legislators contend that due to failure by the university management to clear lecturers’ arrears and salaries, they have resolved to hold the drive to collect the money from well-wishers.
Karuhanga says the fundraising drive will target 600,000 individuals, with a view of getting 50, 000 shillings from each person. He says this money will be handed over to the lecturers, with hope that government re-opens the university.