The Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) has given the Education Ministry one month to fix the leadership issue they claim is stalling the institution’s academic development after two weeks of student unrest at the South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU), in Kitui.
Speaking to the media on Saturday, Mboya Kivai, secretary of the UASU Kitui branch, criticized the Education ministry for the continued instability.
Due to the absence of senior leadership at the university, students have picketed twice in the past two weeks.
Without a chancellor, vice-chancellor, or council chair, SEKU has continued operating. The absence of the three crucial leaders is causing the institution to face a number of difficulties, according to Kivai.
For instance, the Kwa Vonza-based college lacks a chancellor who is authorized to award degrees and diplomas to graduating students.
“We want to tell the country that there is a serious problem of leadership in SEKU. Because of the absence of all these officers, staff are suffering,” said Mr Kivai.
A graduation ceremony will be held on campus in October.
The university employees have also gone four years without receiving their annual salary raise.
In order for the institution to return to normal, UASU has requested Ezekiel Machogu, the Education Cabinet Secretary, to act quickly and fix the issue.