Moi University’s teaching and non-teaching staff are now calling on the government to overhaul the management of the Kesses-based institution in Uasin Gishu County.
The staff, including lecturers and casual workers, have been on strike for the past few days, demanding that their grievances be addressed.
Speaking at the university’s main campus, officials of the staff noted that it was time President Uhuru Kenyatta overhauled the management whom they accused of failing to serve the interests of students and workers.
“We feel so much isolated with the management Moi University,” Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Education Institutions, Hospitals, and Allied Workers (KUDHEHIA) shop steward Benson Magas told journalists.
“We request President Uhuru to act with speed. As employees, we love our work but the working environment is very poor,” he added.
According to the KUDHEHIA shop steward at the university, a new Vice-Chancellor should be appointed as the current one “ameshindwa na kazi”.
“There are so many professors in this country, we can have another professor who has that human heart,” Magas noted.
Staff at Moi University are demanding the total implementation of a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that would have seen their salaries increased.
They also accuse the institution of failing to remit their loan repayments.
Moi University branch Kenya University Staff Union (KUSU) Secretary Joakim Rotich on his part said they have turned out to be haunted by growing loan interests.
“We have presented many grievances including failure to remit loan and this is a matter making us lose sleep and fail to perform other duties,” Rotich noted.
“This thing should end. Government should look at the way things are happening at Moi University and fix them,” he added.
The current Moi University VC Prof Isaac Kosgey took over leadership about three years ago from Prof Laban Ayiro, now a VC at Daystar University, who was then holding the position in an acting capacity.