Don’t use COVID-19 excuse to lay off staff, KUSU Warns Egerton University

Kenya Universities Staff Union (KUSU) on Thursday objected the planned downsizing of workers by the Egerton University management.

KUSU has claimed that the university is using the excuse of the COVID-19 pandemic to lay-off over 400 employees as a cost-cutting measure.

Addressing the press, KUSU Secretary-General Charles Mukhwaya stated that the university’s Vice Chancellor Rose Mwonya should not hide under the COVID-19 pandemic to send workers home.

“The envisaged staff downsizing exercise on the excuse of cash chaos as a result of Covid-19 is diversionary,” said Dr Mukhwaya during a press briefing in Nairobi.

He said the situation at the university is the crystallization and an aggregate of years of poor management. The union has since called on the government to investigate suspected financial impropriety, corruption and abuse of office at the university.

KUSU also accused the university’s management of unevenly and corruptly changing the statuses of self-sponsored students to regular.

“As a result, it is difficult to determine how much the university collects in student fees and the university losses colossal sums,” Dr Mukhwaya said.

KUSU now wants the university to suspend all allowances for top managers as an austerity measure to cut costs.

By Linda Amiani

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