The University of Nairobi Students Association has protested the decision by the University council to grant Vice Chancellor Prof.Stephen Kiama leave terming the move as untimely.
In a statement to the media, the association led by its President Monica Malith said that no sufficient information was given to the students or their leaders concerning the said leave and urged the council to recall the VC back.
” 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,” she said.
Malith said that the university has key functions lined up in the coming days and that the VC’s presence is much needed.
“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,” she added.
“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 added that as a body mandated to safeguard the rights of students, the VC needs to come up and give reasons as to why he took the leave at such a time.
She also urged the council to recall the VC if possible for him to be part of the incoming program and they’re after resume his leave.
The President said that UoN is a reputable University in Africa and the mode of communication needed to be more effective for it to remain on the global map