By Ronald Kabuye
Monetary fights have emerged amongst the public universities non teaching staff association PUNTSA with one faction accusing some of their leaders led by Betihema who called off the strike hypocrites.
Earlier this month the non teaching staff warned not to go back to their work stations incase they are not paid the 28 billion that was given to them as additional payment to their salaries in the last financial year which they have not received todate yet all public universities are slated to open for the first semester on the 6th August.
On Tuesday morning the executive members of PUNTSA led by Jackson Betihema met with the ministry of education and finance officials in the meeting that was chaired by the state minister for planning David Bahati were they agreed to called off the strike an action that did not go down well with many of the member.
According to the secretary of Makerere supporting staff, an association that is under PUNTSA and one of the disgranted member Okello John Peter asserted that they were betrayed by their leaders led by the chairperson of PUNTSA Jackson Betihema hence they don’t consent with the decision and to them the strike is still on.
He also didn’t spare the state minister for planning David Bahati, who he said that he contradicted the resolution they arrived on in their last encounter with him.
It should be noted that the money that is causing the infights is the 28 billion that was given to the association as additional payment to their salary which some say it was released but those who consider themselves above the others want to take the lion’s share.
On his behalf the chairperson PUNTSA Betihama Jackson said that the meeting yielded fruits and gave them hope moving forward hence they have mbarked at mobilising their fellows to get back to work.
By Ronald Kabuye