Court orders varsity to reinstate sacked official

Saturday October 15 2016

The institution has been barred from firing a pensions officer.

Maseno University Chancellor Michael Joseph confers a doctorate degree to a student during a graduation ceremony on December 11, 2016. The institution has been barred from firing a pensions officer. PHOTO | TOM OTIENO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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A university has been ordered to reinstate a pensions manager it had sacked four days ago over the purchase of two parcels of land valued at Sh207 million.

Maseno University was barred by the Employment and Labour Relations Court (ELRC) from axing Mr Sammy Erick Njeru irregularly.

Justice Nduma Nderi temporarily stopped the university from sacking Mr Njeru pending determination of the case he filed in court Friday.

The judge certified the case filed by lawyer Titus Koceyo as urgent, saying “no reasons for sacking the pension scheme administrator were explained to him”.

In his ruling the judge ordered: “Pending the hearing and determination of the case filed by Mr Njeru, the Maseno University is temporarily barred from suspending the claimant.”

Mr Koceyo told the judge that Mr Njeru was employed by the University in 2013 and holds the position of Pensions Schemes Administrator.

The scheme has a monthly gross turnover of Sh314,826.

“No reasons were explained to Mr Njeru as to why he is being axed,” Mr Koceyo said adding “the letter suspending him from employment does not explain how long he will remain out of office”.

The claimant received the letter relieving him his duties on October 11.