8 November 2017

Kenya: Lecturers Present Petition to Parliament

Photo: Anthony Omuya/ Daily Nation
Members of the Universities Staff Academic Union protest at Harambee Avenue.

Striking university lecturers on Wednesday presented their petition to Parliament.

Nominated MP Wilson Sossion received the petition and urged the lecturers not to call off the ongoing strike until they are heard.

The MP said the strike will be discussed in the afternoon session.

Sossion performed the solidarity song with the striking lecturers outside parliament remembering his days at the helm of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT).

The lecturers were barred from accessing parliament buildings leaving only three officials to represent them in handing over the petition.

The ongoing strike has hampered the resumption of classes after the October 26 repeat Presidential election.

The lecturers have vowed that no graduations will take place in public universities as scheduled in November.

Speaking on Wednesday in a televised address, Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu) secretary-general Constantine Wasonga said the union will ensure the 2017/21 CBA is negotiated as well as the internal CBAs with public universities.

"More importantly you will pay the arrears and our pension from 2010 to 2013 I hope you are aware that in 2010 to 2013 you have not paid pension component. In this CBA 2013/17 you still owe employees their pension," said Mr Wasonga.

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