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Varsity staff issue strike ultimatum

11 March 2014, 12:42 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Varsity lecturers and non-teaching staff have announced that they will go on strike starting Wednesday if the government fails to release the KES 7.8 billion for pay rise and other allowances owed to them. 

Both the Kenya University Staff Union (Kusu) and University Academic Staff Union (Uasu) have vowed to boycott their duties alleging that vice chancellors have misappropriated the Unions’ funds.

Kusu Secretary General, Charles Mukhwaya held that the Union members have no other option but down their tools until their grievances are addressed. 

“We have consistently said that the money was misappropriated by the university chiefs. We have presented documents and their admission that they are returning the money to Treasury confirms our fears,” said Mukhwaya.

Mukhwaya added that since their meeting with the Education Cabinet Secretary, Jacob Kaimenyi on Saturday did not bear any fruit, the staff will not report to work until the money is channeled back to their accounts in full.

“The Education CS called us for a meeting on Saturday and we went thinking that he would offer a solution, but instead he was asking us for a solution. We want to tell him that the solution is to pay what is due to the members; the money we negotiated for,” stated Mukhwaya.

Mukhwaya was addressing Kusu members at the University of Nairobi where he announced the strike ultimatum that takes effect on Tuesday midnight if the government does not intervene.

The Chairman Students Organization of Nairobi University (SONU), Zack Kinuthia faulted the two Unions’ move to go on strike stating that this would negatively affect students.

“As the chairman of one of the best universities in Africa, I don’t support the Unions’ strike because it will affect learning since many students rely on these staff’s services,” said Kinuthia.

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