In May, media reported that Islamic University In Uganda had laid off its workers something that raised public concern. However, the university claritied on the issue and later called for a meeting to review the terms of employment.

Following the review of the terms of employment amidst this period, Islamic University In Uganda secretary Hussein Lukyamuzi said that the institution is unable to pay salaries to its staff due to the results of the COVID-19 that led to closure of educational institutions in the country.

According to a letter dated July 16, the university council convened meeting on June 24 and on July 8 and reviewed the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown on the university’s finances and operations.

According to the meetings, resolutions were made that the university was able to pay salaries to its staff in all campuses up to May 2020, but unable to continue paying full salaries to staff as from June 2020.

They also concluded in the meetings that only a few members of staff could be retained to run some essential activities of the university in all campuses and those few are to be paid 50 per cent of their normal salaries.

The university governing body also agreed that the other staff will be paid 30% for June, 20% for July, August, and September 2020 and 10% for October, November and December 2020.

The letter reads, “The university does and shall not be able to pay staff any portion of the salary that may not be paid as from June 2020. Consequently, any portion of the salary that the university shall not pay between June and December 2020 shall be forfeited by the staff”.

A number of staff have commended the university for not disowning them as many organizations have done.

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