The decision of the University of Nairobi (UoN) Council to grant Vice Chancellor Prof. Stephen Kiama a six-month sabbatical leave has sparked a protest from the University of Nairobi Students Association (UNSA).
In an official statement issued to the media on Monday August 7, the association’s President, Monica Malith, expressed her discontent, asserting that students and their leaders were not informed about the circumstances leading to the Vice Chancellor’s leave.
Malith said the move was untimely hence appealing for the Council to retract the decision and bring back Prof. Kiama.
” The deliberate course of action taken up by the University Council led by the Chair Dr. Amukowa Anangwe:- to whose effect Prof Kiama’s application request for leave was approved, was wrong and untimely,” Malith stated.
According to her, the VC’s attendance is crucial for upcoming events at the university.
“The University is readying itself for two graduation ceremonies, resumption from recess, admission of the first year class of 2023, and the implementation of the New Universities Funding Model, and hence the leave the VC took was untimely,”
“We condemn the sudden leave of absence taken by Prof. Stephen Kiama. We register our elaborate dissatisfaction with the manner in which the University management through the Directorate of Corporate Affairs communicated the details surrounding this matter.” She further communicated.
She added that as a body tasked with protecting student rights, the VC must explain why he took the leave at this time.
Malith also appealed to the Council to contemplate recalling Prof. Kiama if feasible, allowing him to contribute to the forthcoming activities before resuming his leave.
Highlighting the esteemed status of the University of Nairobi in Africa, Malith conveyed the importance of enhancing communication channels to ensure the university’s continued prominence on the global stage.
A letter dated July 31 from UoN’s Council announced the approval of Prof. Kiama’s leave request, Prof Julius Ogeng’o assumed the role in an interim capacity starting August 1.
“This is to inform you that the Council of the University of Nairobi, during its special meeting on July 31, 2023, approved the Vice Chancellor’s request dated July 28, 2023, to proceed on leave for a period of six months with effect from August 1, 2023,” Noted Director of Corporate Affairs John Orindi.