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What Happened In The Museveni Vs Teachers Meeting

What Happened In The Museveni Vs Teachers Meeting

On Monday afternoon, teachers under the leadership of the UNATU announced the suspension of their sit-down strike. However, though, this announcement came after a turbulent meeting held earlier with the President.

“We realized that for the interest of learners and the interest of our members, discussions need to continue. Therefore we decided to take the direction of suspending the industrial action as the discussions continue. Starting tomorrow (Tuesday), we are going back to school,” UNATU General Secretary, Filbert Baguma said on Monday evening.

In the meeting, over 200 teachers representing their regional clusters came to meet with the President over the pending salary increment issues.

The Minister for Education and Sports, Janet Museveni also attended the meeting and helped solve the impasse caused by the teacher’s strike.

Sources revealed that despite everything seeming to be cool, as Education Minister spoke, the President would later express anger.

This was further exacerbated when UNATU General Secretary, Filbert Baguma stood up to speak and the President interrupted him.

“I didn’t come for fresh negotiations. Those ones ended and we gave you our position. I didn’t come here to hear. We know your issues, I was told you have come here to tell me something new regarding your meeting with the Vice President,” Museveni is quoted to have said.

Apparently, the President reportedly warned the teachers against interfering with government strategies. He added that he hadn’t prepared for any debate with the teachers in the matter.

While speaking to journalists later on, NOTU and Workers MP, Usher Wilson Owere seemed to hint at the stormy meeting while speaking to journalists later.

“The president came angry but later calmed down and listened to what the teachers were saying. He said there is no money for this. Teachers were not happy thinking he would pay them but asked them for more time,” Owere told journalists.

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