Our sus­pen­sion er­ro­neous, un­fair, Pumwani stu­dents say

Want court to over­rule de­ci­sion made by the col­lege’s dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee, as no strike took place. ‘No rea­son­able per­son or body could ar­rive at such a de­ci­sion’

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Twenty-one stu­dents at Pumwani Col­lege of Ma­ter­nity and Mid­wifery have moved to court to quash their sus­pen­sion from the in­sti­tu­tion.

The stu­dents say they were handed sus­pen­sion let­ters af­ter they con­fronted their prin­ci­pal be­cause they were served with rot­ten food.

They say the col­lege ad­min­is­tra­tion promised to look into the mat­ter but did not do so.

On Oc­to­ber 6, the stu­dents raised the com­plaint again but were called into the prin­ci­pal’s of­fice, only to be handed with sus­pen­sion let­ters.

Court doc­u­ments in­di­cate the sus­pen­sion let­ters were is­sued af­ter the stu­dents were ac­cused of tak­ing part in an il­le­gal strike, a state­ment they have de­nied.

“We were shocked by the de­ci­sion, as it was er­ro­neous based on the facts. The find­ing was in­cor­rect and ir­ra­tional as no strike took place,” they say.

Through Lawyer Peter Mu­galo, the stu­dents want the of­fice of the regis­trar’s de­ci­sion over­ruled.

The regis­trar acted on the Oc­to­ber 6 rec­om­men­da­tion of the col­lege’s dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee. The sus­pen­sions range from 2-6 months. They say the dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee was bi­ased.

“We were not even given a chance to be heard. This is against the prin­ci­ples of nat­u­ral jus­tice. That is why the ac­tion taken by the the dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee ought to be quashed,” they say.

“The process was tainted with dou­ble stan­dards. No rea­son­able per­son or body di­rect­ing it­self on the law and facts could ar­rive at such a de­ci­sion.”

The doc­u­ments state the dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee failed to act fairly and ex­er­cise its ad­min­is­tra­tive ac­tion as pro­vided by the Con­sti­tu­tion.

It is not clear why the de­ci­sion was made and why the sus­pen­sion pe­ri­ods vary.

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Nairobi res­i­dents join Pumwani School of Nur­sing and Mid­wifery and Keny­atta Med­i­cal Train­ing School stu­dents and staff in a 10mm pro­ces­sion from Nyayo House to Pumwani Ma­ter­nity Hos­pi­tal to mark the In­ter­na­tional day of the midwife in 2013

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