Lecturers to hold protests countrywide

Dr Wasonga urged the lecturers to disregard any communication from the university's management regarding the strike.PHOTO:COURTESY
The lecturers' union has warned of launching countrywide protests to agitate for better terms.

In a statement sent to the newsrooms, Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu) officials said they would hold demonstrations in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Kakamega, Nakuru, Eldoret and other urban towns.

"This is to inform you that we have officially notified the County Police Commander on our second mega demonstration tomorrow (today) and the notification has been approved," said Uasu Secretary General Constatine Wesonga.

Dr Wasonga urged the lecturers to disregard any communication from the university's management regarding the strike.

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The University of Nairobi lecturers yesterday complained of intimidation by the administration.

They claimed to have been informed that they would not receive their February salaries, while others had been approached individually to abandon the strike.

"Lecturers are being intimidated. This is a national strike. We entered this strike with a purpose and until we achieve it, no amount of intimidation or pressure will make us think otherwise," Uasu University of Nairobi Chapter Secretary George Omondi said.

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Uasu University of Nairobi Chapter chairman Richard Bosire accused the Government and the Inter-Public University Councils Consultative Forum of lack of commitment to end the stalemate.

This comes days after the lecturers rejected a pay deal that would have seen the lowest paid, assistant lecturer, earn Sh91, 593 with the highest getting Sh240, 491 per month.

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