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Sunday, 16 January 2011

President J.Kikwete has ordered 3 teams to tackle UDOM crisis!!

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President Jakaya Kikwete has directed Chief Secretary Philemon Luhanjo to form three commissions to work on the University of Dodoma lecturers’ claims.
President Kikwete’s move, announced yesterday, comes a few days after UDOM lecturers asserted that they will not resume teaching until they meet president Kikwete to brief him about their problems.
The lecturers who are on a go-slow are claiming among other things to be paid new salaries which were approved in November last year.
The University of Dodoma Academic Staff Association chairman Paul Loisulie and the Vice chancellor of UDOM, Prof Idris Kikula said, they were aware of the president’s move.
The first commission involving the office of the Controller and Auditor General is tasked with auditing salaries of the lecturers.
The commission was expected to start its work immediately at the Treasury, auditing ‘Pay roll’ of UDOM staff.
The second commission to include permanent secretaries will probe various problems facing the university to establish the source.
The third commission will involve Tanzania Commission of Universities which will look into various academic problems facing UDOM.
The three commissions according to the UDOMASA chairperson are supposed to work on the President’s directives immediately for a speedy end to the problems still persisting at the university.
In another development Prime Minister, Mizengo Pinda is expected to meet with UDOM students today and have talks to UDOM lecturers.
The UDOMASA chairman, Loisulie said Pinda was heading to Dodoma to work on the problems affecting the university.
Loisulie said staff were still on a go-slow attending an endless meeting including planning to file a case in court against UDOM leadership.
On Tuesday this week UDOMASA vowed to maintain their go-slow until they receive satisfactory response from the Treasury or from President Jakaya Kikwete.
The lecturers have been in a continuous meeting since Sunday to press the university authority to pay them new salary rates approved in November last year.
The academicians have vowed not to resume teaching until they meet with president Kikwete to air their grievances.
The UDOMASA chairperson, Paul Loisulie was quoted saying that they have heard that the university management has spoken to the Treasury for clarification on the new salaries.
UDOM Vice Chancellor Prof Kikula said the problem originated from one staff that went to the Treasury to show his/her salary slip being paid more than what the UDOM lecturers are getting.

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