BY CORRESPONDENT,NAKURU,15TH DEC 2017-The worrying levels of tribalism in public universities have reached unacceptable levels with the Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu) calling upon government and relevant stakeholders to raise to the occasion and stamp out the vice.
Participants mainly lecturers attending the Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu) national delegates committee meeting in Nakuru On Friday, blamed the tribalism and corruption for the rot in the institutions of higher learning
University lecturers have cited tribalism and political interference as the greatest threats facing the running of public universities in Kenya.
Uasu chairman Muga K’Olale said the vices have infiltrated the process of job appointments and staff promotions thus affecting the quality and standards of university education.
In his speech Mr K’Olale mentioned the ethnicity factor which featured prominently during the interviews for the appointment of Moi University vice chancellor as a case in point on the rot that has eaten up public universities.
“Because of ethnicity and political factors, the country has seen 60 percent of university managers hail from the community within which the university is located,” said Mr K’Olale.
Mr K’Olale further noted that there are some universities in the country which have failed to promote or review their staff for more than eight years because most qualified candidates do not hail from their backyard.
He also said the problem has also affected the running of the union’s affairs because the tribal appointments lead to the creation of a political barrier in the institutions.
“It is becoming extremely difficult to manage the affairs of the unions especially from Mount Kenya, western and Rift Valley regions because of the political barrier that has been created by the university managers,” he added
The Uasu officials also condemned Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i’s directive to have staff in some posts employed on contractual basis, which they said is misguided.
Uasu Constantine Wasonga dismissed Dr Matiang’i’s directive terming it a dream.