The Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) has pledged its commitment to supporting reforms at the University of Nairobi. UASU has committed to remain vigilant and protect the University from invasion by what they perceive are negative forces aimed at derailing the change ongoing at UON. The University Council appointed Prof. Isaac Mbeche as the acting Vice Chancellor earlier this month days after rejecting Prof. Peter Mbithi’s bid for reappointment as the VC.
UASU has shifted blame to Prof. Mbithi, saying the problems that have faced the institution have been caused by Mbithi, who officials say is trying to regain entry back to the University through unorthodox means together with a few other people. “It is most unfortunate that the group comprises two or three members of council and staff in the University, most of whom unjustly benefitted during the just ended reign of Prof. Mbithi,” said George Omondi, the UASU UON Chapter Secretary. They’ve issued a warning to the former VC, saying their schemes are already known.
The Union has insisted that positive reforms must continue and that it supports management in measures of staff relocation and adoption of best practices including responsive stakeholder relations, open door policy, tolerance of diverse opinion among others.
Written By Ian Madiavale