Part-time lecturers at public and private universities in the North Rift have petitioned Cabinet Secretary for Education Fred Matiang’i to intervene over delayed payment of salaries.
The lecturers claimed they had not received their dues for several months and called on the CS to direct the universities to release the money. Led by Kennedy Mwengei of Moi University and Bichage Evans of Kisii University’s Eldoret campus, the dons protested the delay in paying them despite having offered services.
They claimed the universities were busy opening satellite campuses without regard for the welfare of the lecturers who are expected to teach the ever increasing number of students.
“The universities have no justification for delaying our dues because students pay their fees in full before sitting exams,” said Mwengei. But in a quick rejoinder, the director of Kisii University’s Eldoret campus Dr Kirui Kipyego defended the university against claims that it was delaying salaries. He said the institution had been meeting its obligations to its teaching and non-teaching staff.