Varsities adopt illegal means to cope financially

Thursday March 8 2018


Kenya University Staff Union Secretary-General Charles Mukhwaya (left), flanked by other union leaders, addresses the Senate Education Committee on March 8, 2018. He said public universities are riddled with corruption. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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University staff on Thursday told the Senate Education Committee that their employers were creating “ghost workers” in order to get more funding from the government.

Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu) and Kenya University Staff Union (Kusu) told the committee, chaired by Christopher Langat, that universities had resorted to the illegal means in order to use the money that comes as a result of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) to address some financial challenges in the institutions.

The secretary-general for Uasu, Dr Constantine Wasonga, asked the committee to order an audit of universities’ staff in order to bring transparency and accountability in higher learning institutions.

“We have some universities with two payrolls yet they have less than 1,000 staff. We must end this corruption in universities,” Dr Wasonga said.

He observed that due to lack of enough capitation, the universities were benefiting illegally from the proceeds of CBAs, citing their Sh7.8 billion in 2014, which vice-chancellors used to run university activities instead of paying salaries.

“We are also calling for the audit of students enrolled in universities as managements have been cooking figures for their own selfish gains and they are never ready to share the data with the government,” the Uasu official said.