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Shock as 204 permanent and pensionable employees sacked by Kisii University a day after reopening

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By John Ombega in Kisii County.

At least 204 employees of Kisii University on Tuesday, October 6 received letters indicating their employment contracts have been terminated by the institution of higher learning, K24 Digital has learnt.

The varsity’s Vice Chancellor, John Akama, said the
institution had no choice but to retrench the workers after their revenues
shrunk due to a reduction in the number of students enrolling for parallel
programmes.

Akama further said that most of those affected are
non-teaching staff. According to the VC, they had to retrench a significant
number of the non-academic staff so that the university complies with the
Ministry of Education’s guidelines, which stipulate that no public university
should have a non-teaching staff population of more than 30 per cent of the total
workforce.

Kisii University Staff Union (KUSU) treasurer, Moses
Nyandusi, expressed disappointment at the mass sackings, saying the university “should
have waited for the adverse effects of COVID-19 pandemic to subside before the
layoffs are rolled out”.

Nyandusi said, as KUSU officials, they will engage the
university administration in dialogue before opting for legal redress.

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Zachary Mose, a KUSU trustee, alleged that the university’s
expenditure is to blame for the drained coffers, and that an investigation is
needed to unravel how the monies were spent.





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