Sort of news: govt. doesn’t pay, Ugandans strike

Today’s Monitor reported that medical workers and Makerere University professors are planning to strike, claiming the government has not paid them wages — a combined Ush40 billion for members of both groups. It would not be the first time either group has gone on strike:

  • Not another medics’ strike
    The medical workers are again threatening a strike because the government has delayed or failed to pay them their allowances.

    The chairman of Uganda Medical Workers Union Dr Sam Lyomoki told health workers at Mulago Hospital on Friday that the two-month ultimatum they had given to government was expiring and thereafter they will strike.

  • Lecturers to boycott Mak private students
    The non-payment of Shs10 billion in allowances to lecturers and anger over last year’s raid on a Shs5.7 billion staff pension fund have combined to fracture unity at Makerere University with about 1, 300 dons announcing they would abscond from teaching evening students effective next semester.

Bonus news: Ugandan People’s Defense Force soldiers are withdrawing their savings from the UPDF-sponsored Wazelendo Savings and Credit Co-operative Society. The soldiers cite the institution’s failure to send regular statements updating them on the status of their accounts as the reason for the withdrawal.