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Makerere calm, staff to miss salaries

The Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. Venancius Baryamureeba says the management is doing everything possible to ensure that it opens soon. The university was closed last week as the lecturers insisted on keeping on with their strike, as they demand for payment of close to 17 billion shillings pension arrears from the National Insurance Corporation. Baryamureba says meetings are to be held with the university teaching and non-teaching staff, with a view of addressing their grievances. He however notes that the management will not rush to open the university and will wait until all pending issues have been addressed. The University campus however remained calm today with notable police presence. Relatedly, The University staff will not be receiving any salaries …

Vendors stranded as evictions kick off

Kampala city vendors have petitioned Kampala Capital City Authority over their fate, hours after their eviction from the streets. Led by one Kafero Sewankambo, the over 28,000 vendors are proposing alternative venues to the authority including Nkrumah road, Nasser road and Allen road, where they want to operate from. They also want to be allowed to have evening markets so they can sell their merchandise without disrupting business in the city. The vendors say the leaders of the markets where KCCA has promised them stalls are demanding for money ranging from 100,000/= to 200,000/= to allow them work there. They are now asking KCCA to come up with a concrete position but also allow them opportunity to work. Operations to …

Makerere University closed

Anti-riot police has been deployed at Makerere University to quell protests by students over its closure. Makerere University has been closed following a decision by the University Council that was prompted by the continued strike by the staff. The strike by the Makerere University Academic Staff Association is getting into its third week as they demand for payment of their pension arrears worth 16.7 billion shillings. A meeting by MUASA held this morning resolved to continue with the strike until government has also considered their demand for a pay rise, with the least paid lecturer taking home 8 million Shillings. They also want top up allowances paid to staff abolished. The university council chairman Eng. Dr. Charles Wana Etyem says …

10 die in Akamba bus accident, pupils survive

At least 10 people have died in fatal accident involving an Akamba bus plying Kampala Bujumbura Burundi. The bus registration number KBJ 760 R rammed into a Fuso lorry number UAF 506 T at Kaharo along Mbarara Kabale road this morning. The Regional Traffic Police Officer South Western Uganda John Philbert Okolo confirmed the accident which he blames on wrongful over taking by both drivers. He says both drivers were attempting to over-take amidst the early morning fog, leading to the collision. The driver of the lorry only identified as Kasiraba is among the dead while the driver of the bus known as Njika is on the run and police says they are still hunting for him.  Meanwhile, One pupil …

Draru sentenced to 14years in jail

Lydia Draru who has been convicted on charges of man slaughter over the killing of Major General James Kazini has been sentenced to 14 years in jail. She was earlier acquitted of murder charges and convicted her on man slaughter. Justice Monica Mugyenyi has ruled that the prosecution failed to prove that Draru killed Kazini intentionally. Kazini was killed in 2009 in Namuwongo, a Kampala suburb. The judge pointed out the fact that there was a gun with 3 bullets in the deceased’s car, saying that it’s possible that Kazini was killed on his way to pick it with intentions of finishing off Draru. She also highlighted the fact that there was violence before the crime, pointing out the broken …