Monday, 5 November 2007

Makerere on Strike

This morning academic staff at Makerere are rumoured to have gone on strike due to the lack of water on campus (in our hall of residence there has been nothing since Saturday). I suppose it was only a matter of time considering Makerere's track-record of striking at virtually any opportunity, however flowing water is not the issue I expected would set things off. My guess is this strike is actually over a culmination of non-payment of bills by the university that has seen power, internet, water and wages all being delivered in 'sporadic' form over the last few weeks. This came after the new 2 billion shilling perimeter fence was washed away by a storm because the construction company used too little cement (i.e. skimmed off the top). A serious shake-up in the financial administraton is needed, and fast.

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