The Kenya University Staff Union (KUSU) on Sunday, December 13, opposed plans by public universities to retrench staff due to financial crisis.
KUSU Secretary-General Charles Mukhwaya claimed that that corruption is the reason the institutions are broke and not workers.
Mukhwaya cited the alleged corruption scandals that hit Maasai Mara University, Kisii and Egerton who have been on the spotlight in recent weeks.
“Financial constraints faced by public Universities are not due to bloated staff but theft, poor management of resources and utter corruption being carried out by those charged with the responsibility of running these institutions.”
“We have stated numerous times in the past that some Vice-Chancellors have openly misappropriated and misapplied funds that have been put under their care,” he stated.
The KUSU Sec-Gen warned Kisii university which had begun the retrenchment exercise to respect court order obtained on October 21, barring the university from sacking any staff until their case was heard and determined.
“As a union, we demand that Kisii University management obeys the court order and pays staff,” said Mukhwaya.
He blamed the VCs of public universities adding that they should be held accountable for alleged mismanagement of funds, which has seen the institutions sink in financial crisis.
“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,” he said.
This comes after Kisii University and Egerton University laid off 300 and 400 staff respectively.