6 December 2012

Kenya: Moi Varsity Staff Abandon Students to Seek More Pay

Lectures has been paralysed in Moi University after the teaching and non-teaching staff went on strike to protest the delay in the implementation of their salary increase.

Public university lecturers and workers have demanded that the government honours their agreement.They said they will not go to work unless the government resumes the stalled 2010-2012 collective bargaining agreement negotiations.

"The strike is out of university management hands. We will continue with the strike until we see the money in our accounts. The government was to pay us before November 30 it hasn't. Immediately the money is released we will go back to work," said David Musila, the chairperson of Universities Academic Staff Union, Moi University Chapter.

The strike is being carried out by Uasu, University Teaching and Non-teaching Staff Union and Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotel, Educational Institutions, Hospitals, and Allied Workers.

However, Dean of Students David Mureithi, said those striking are not members of Uasu. He added that money has been dispatched by the Treasury but is being held at the Education and Higher Learning ministries.

Mureithi said the money is expected to reflect in accounts from Thursday. "It is unfortunate that this had to happen but I'm assuring our student that learning will resume soon and those set to graduate should not panic as the graduation ceremony will take place as planned," he said.

The 'Tumesoma na Tunasota' strike left students stranded outside the university's library, which remained closed the whole day. Some faculties have told the students to wait for further notice.

Lecture halls were empty as dons skipped their sessions. The most hard-hit students are those who will sit for CPA exams this month. However, a non-university staff member was found invigilating exams in one of the faculties. The lecturers asked that the paper be cancelled. "We are condemning this act and we want quality and standards to be maintained," Musila said.

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