By Andrew Ombuni
Masinde Muliro University Students Organisation (Mmuso) has warned the institution’s unions against causing mayhem at the university.
This is after the Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu), Kenya Universities Staff Union (Kusu) and Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers (Kudheiha) got a letter from the police to picket at the university premises for two days against Vice Chancellor, Fredrick Otieno.
The unions want to evict the Vice Chancellor over abuse of office and corruption allegations.
Addressing the media yesterday at the institution, MMUSO President Clifton Kisera cautioned the three unions against being used by both internal and external forces to disrupt learning at the university.
Kisera said they were privy to information that Uasu), (Kusu) and Kudheiha had been given a license to picket and demonstrate against the university management on Friday and Monday next week.
He said the unions had hired goons to help them disrupt the normal operations of the university.
Mr Kisera said the alleged corruption and abuse of office claims being levelled against the Vice Chancellor were baseless and aimed at tarnishing his good name, adding that the unions were being funded by powerful forces within the university to fight him to cause havoc.
He said the leaders of the unions are not employees of the university and asked them to stop spreading false propaganda, adding that they will marshal fellow students to counter attack them in case they will come to disrupt normal operations at the university.
“As the students body, we are prepared to defend a worthy course and the demonstrations slated for tomorrow are hereby outlawed by the management of Mmuso,” he said.
Kisera said that there was a WhatsApp group dubbed Mmust fraternity’is inciting the teaching staff to revolt against the Vice Chancellor.
”We have a leaked document sent by a non-staff via the MMUST fraternity WhatsApp platform showing that a senior member of the university council gave him instructions in cohorts with the union leaders to investigate an alleged case of ritualism in the VC’s office,” said Kisera.
Mmuso Vice President, Esther Nyaboke already the students had wasted two academic years coupled with as a result of the lecturers strike called by the unions and don’t want to go that direction again.
She said the last strike called by the unions that lasted for three months yielded nothing and won’t allow union officials to be used by people with vested interested at the institution to fight the management of the university.
“We don’t want interruption to the academic calendar again this year with frequent strikes and demonstrations. The current group of students in the university is supposed to have graduated but due to strikes, they are still in the university,” said Ms Nyaboke.
Ms Nyaboke said they have already marshalled support of the students to deal with the union officials when they come to hold their demonstrations at the school on Friday (today) and Monday next week.
But in a document that leaked to the media dated August 13 this year , Uasu Mmust chapter Secretary General, Prof Sammy Kubasu, Ronald Wanjala (Kusu) and Marko Komen (Kudheiha) called for the peaceful demonstrations on grounds over nepotism, corruption and favoritisms in promotions.
The unions are also accusing the Mr Otieno for not honoring the return to work formula for 2018 National Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) of 2018 and using university money to pay rent for his house based in Mumias amounting to Sh3million.