15 March 2014

Kenya: No Strike As Maasai Mara Varsity Pays Its Lecturers

MAASAI Mara University is the only public university that succeeded to pay the whole Sh7.8 billion to its staff, the University's Academic Staff Union secretary general at the university said yesterday.

Faith Njeru, the Uasu chapter secretary general at the Maasai Mara University, told the Star on the phone that she ensured that the two tranches of Sh3.9 billion were properly scheduled alongside percentages that were paid to staff at the university.

Njeru said: "The Uasu chapter and the university and the management worked hard to agree on the schedules and percentages to be paid to various job grades."

Maasai Mara has not been affected by the strike because we agreed on the right schedules, Njeru said and lauded the former vice chancellor David Serem for the understanding that was continued by his successor Mary Waringo.

Maasai Mara University has 115 members of the teaching staff.The lowest paid lecturer after the Sh7.8 billion was honoured by government gets Sh81,000 plus a house allowance of Sh51,000.

"This is what other universities are demanding, and the ongoing strike lies with respective union chapters' failure to agree with universities on the payment schedules," Njeru said.

On Thursday, Education Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi said some public universities misdirected the second tranche of Sh3.9 billion for staff salaries to staff above grades 15, infrastructure, casual workers and contracted employees. Kaimenyi said some universities and unions failed to agree on payment schedules and percentages.

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