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Moi University’s embattled Vice Chancellor, Prof. Richard Mibey has found himself in a tight corner following the university’s directive to outsource catering and cleaning services. It is estimated that over 3,500 casual workers will lose their jobs if the university goes ahead and implements the directive by the Moi University Council.
In a memo dated August 28 and signed by Prof. Mibey on behalf of the council, the university says the outsourcing will improve service delivery.
The memo reads in part, “I wish to inform all staff that Moi University Council in its wisdom resolved to have cleaning and catering services outsourced to improve service delivery. The decision was not made by a few staff of the university.”
But the staff unions’ leaders in the university have vowed to ensure the move is not implemented. Led by Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers university chapter chairperson Jonathan Too, the union has castigated the move as unworkable and a way of going against the government’s initiative of creating more jobs.
“When the government is said it will create employment, we thought the university is helping us. But today in Moi University we are crying, suffering and tortured. We are seeing management of Moi University going against a policy of the government,” said Too as he led hundreds of workers to a demonstration today.
The workers pointed out senior management officials whom they termed as interfering with their welfare.
This come few months with the controversial reinstatement of Mibey as vice chancellor from his terminal leave. His administration has been accused of mishandling both workers and resources