The Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development has agreed to resolve the long-standing wage bill woes and salary discrepancies among academic staff at Makerere University Business School (MUBS).
According to a letter written by Patrick Ocailap, the Acting Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance, seen by Campus Bee, government has committed a supplementary budget of 4.92 Billion Shillings to harmonize salaries of all staff in the fourth quarter of the current financial year.
“We take note of the projected shortfalls of 4.92 Billion Shillings in this financial year 2020/2021 that are arising out of the desire to harmonize the pay of staff recruited by the university council to be consistent with the approved salary structures of public universities,” Ocailap’s letter reads in part.
Ocailap notes that the supplementary will be part of the consolidated wage supplementary to be submitted to the cabinet and parliament for consideration.
He further notes to cater for staff appointed on local contracts by the university management, the ministry has also approved a re-allocation of the non-wage recurrent budget to wage bill as previously advised by public service.
The development comes at a time when academic staffs at MUBs are still on strike over continued unfair treatment as they earn much less compared to counterparts in other public universities.