Lecturers donâ€™t need Uhuruâ€™s approval to travel, court rules
SEE ALSO :Pay lecturers their dues promptlyKinyua copied the 2017 letter that did not indicate reasons for the order to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government. This saw the Ministry of Education issue a letter on September 20 to all vice chancellors and principals of constituent colleges notifying them of the requirement and UASU moved to court. Secretary General Constantine Wasonga Opiyo wrote to Kinyua to have the circular modified to safeguard the dons’ travel without success. The petition was filed in court on the grounds that its members, are by virtue of their duties, required to travel to participate in research workshops, conferences and regularly seek grants from their collaborative institutions in aid of professional research work. The union argued that its members also travel in their individual capacities and the ban would infringe on their fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. Prior to the circular, the union told the court that they were not consulted and no notice was issued by the government. The circular led to a number of lecturers of public universities getting barred from flying out and in some cases, processing of their clearance was delayed.
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