UASU says 40 lec­tur­ers have re­signed from Moi

‘We have had se­ri­ous prob­lems at the univer­sity, mainly due to mis­man­age­ment’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley - MATHEWS NDANYI @ndany­i_­math­ews

At least 40 lec­tur­ers of Moi Univer­sity have re­signed in three months to seek greener pas­tures due to poor pay and mis­man­age­ment of the in­sti­tu­tion.

Univer­sity Aca­demic Staff Union sec­re­tary at Moi Univer­sity Jack Abok said the lec­tur­ers are mostly from the schools of Law, Health Science, Busi­ness and Eco­nom­ics.

He and Kalen­jin el­ders led by Ma­jor John Seii have urged the govern­ment to in­ter­vene and quickly re­solve the row on the ap­point­ment of a new VC for the in­sti­tu­tion. “We have had se­ri­ous prob­lems at the univer­sity, mainly due to mis­man­age­ment, which has dis­cour­aged many em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing lec­tur­ers,” Abok told the Star on the phone on Satur­day.

He wants Ed­u­ca­tion CS Fred Ma­tiang’i to or­der an au­dit of op­er­a­tions at the univer­sity as the first step to find­ing out its prob­lems. “More lec­tur­ers are plan­ning to re­sign to work out­side the coun­try or other uni­ver­si­ties lo­cally. At Moi, the morale among all staff is very low,” Abok said.

He said they have asked CS Ma­tiang’i to visit the univer­sity and dis­cuss the prob­lems with staff and other stake­hold­ers.

The univer­sity, Abok said, faces se­ri­ous fi­nan­cial prob­lems. “Un­less the is­sue of pro­mo­tions and salaries of the lec­tur­ers is ad­dressed, the univer­sity will con­tinue to wit­ness mas­sive res­ig­na­tion of the teach­ing staff and this will com­pro­mise the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion in the long-run,” he warned.

Mean­while, Gov­er­nor Alex Tol­gos wants the govern­ment to speed up the process of ap­point­ing a new sub­stan­tive VC at Moi Univer­sity.

He said the ap­point­ment would ease ten­sion and al­low nor­mal op­er­a­tions to re­sume at the col­lege.

Tol­gos spoke in Iten town yes­ter­day, af­ter re­turn­ing from Nairobi, where he and his Uasin Gishu coun­ter­part Jack­son Mandago recorded state­ments at the DCI over the re­marks they made against the ap­point­ment of Moi Univer­sity acting VC La­ban Ayiro .

Tol­gos said the is­sue should not be mis­in­ter­preted to mean they are un­der­min­ing the Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion. “We are in Ju­bilee to stay and no one should use the Moi Univer­sity dis­pute to claim we are quit­ting the party,” he said.

Tol­gos, how­ever, said their de­mands for the ap­point­ment of a new VC be based on merit are “not ne­go­tiable”.

He said lead­ers from the re­gion are not tribal and what they want is a qual­i­fied in­di­vid­ual to head the univer­sity

“What we want is for the mat­ter to be has­tened so that we can get a VC for the univer­sity as soon as pos­si­ble,” Tol­gos said.

He said trib­al­ism is not good for the coun­try and Ma­tiang’i “should not take ad­van­tage of his po­si­tion to side­line qual­i­fied Kenyans from lead­ing top uni­ver­si­ties”.

Mandago, Tol­gos and some area lead­ers want Prof Isaac Kos­gey named as VC. They claimed he ex­celled dur­ing re­cruit­ment in­ter­views held three months ago.

/ MATHEWS NDANYI

Gov­er­nor Alex Tol­gos (in suit) is wel­comed by Iten res­i­dents yes­ter­day af­ter he recorded a state­ment at the DCI over the Moi Univer­sity acting VC saga

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