Dec, 14th 2020 – The Kenya University Staff Union (KUSU) has opposed plans to retrench university staff on claims that they are facing financial constraints. The union is now calling for the audit of 5 universities over allegations of corruption and mismanagement of funds.
The alleged institutions include the University of Nairobi, Moi, Egerton, Kenyatta and Kisii University. KUSU secretary General, Charles Mukhwaya however states that the lack of funds in the institutions is a result of corruption. He said, “The Union will neither pander to whims of mismanagement nor allow innocent workers to be sacrificed on the alter of corruption.”
Mr. Mukhwaya urged Kisii University to respect court order obtained on the 21st of October, baring the University from sacking any staff until their case was heard and determined. He said, “As a union, we demand that Kisii University management obeys the court order and pays staff.”
He blamed the Vice Chancellors of public Universities adding that they should be held accountable for alleged mismanagement of funds which has seen the Institution drown in financial crisis. He said, “The union will not allow innocent workers to suffer for the mistake of the VCs. Thousands of staff will be rendered jobless and their dependents become destitute yet Kenyans are still reeling from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
This comes after 300 staff from Kisii University and 400 others from Egerton University were laid off with KUSU arguing that the move was against a court order.
The National Treasury has already agreed to the plan by Universities to retrench staff. Julius Muia, the National Treasury Principle Secretary on the 5th of December said, “Some universities have bloated administrative staff and re-organising human resources at these universities will require allocation for downsizing.”
Egerton University on the other hand has requested for sh1.5 billion to aid in the exercise. Mukhwaya posed a question, “If staff retire and you retrench what are you going to do yet we are talking of 100 per cent transition.”