V/C storms out of UASU in Kirinyaga
The UASU national officials singing their popular song 'solidarity for ever' outside the Kirinyaga University moments after the institution VC Professor Wambui Ndungu walked out on them this morning.
There was drama at the Kirinyaga University this morning when the institution’s Vice Chancellor Professor Wambui Ndungu stormed out of a meeting for the top Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU).
Shocked and dismayed Union officials were left with their mouths wide open after Ndungu just stormed out on learning the agenda the trade Unionists had on the table.
The UASU Secretary General Constantine Wasonga and his colleagues addressing the media outside the Kirinyaga University moments after the VC Professor Wambui Ndungu stormed out of their meeting this morning
It was the first time the Union had visited the highly secured institution where even the local media can’t dare venture into.
The Union officials Led by their Secretary General Dr Constantine Wasonga upon entering the University gates were led to the reception and later guided to the Board Room .
“As we sat patiently for the VC come and meet us, we suddenly saw her enter the room fuming and said she had no time for us since the matter we wanted to discuss within her was already being handled internally ,” a shocked Wasonga told the media outside the University later.
A police vehicle from Kutus police station near Kirinyaga University the local VC had called in after top UASU visited the facility this morning before professor Wambui Ndungu walked out on the trade unionists this morning.
But even after being told the head office had come over tom resolve pertinent issues the local Chapter and the University could not agree on , Ndungu just stormed out of the meeting and left the officials with their mouths agape .
It was the first time the Unionists had visited the institution since it was Chattered and which is rocked with problems ranging from managerial , wanton suspension of students to alleged arrogance and high handedness .
Ndungu who was accompanied by her VC told the trade unionists she was busy with other urgent matters as she slummed the door and left them wondering if that’s how she runs the facility.
She had earlier on called in the police from the nearby Kutus Police station to come and eject the trade unionists but the law enforcers came and left on learning there was neither a commotion nor any unrest.
Wasonga who was also accompanied by the Union Chairperson Dr Grace Nyongesa said they had come to the rescue of the local lecturers following hue and cry for a long time.
A security guard at the Kirinyaga University telling journalists the institution VC was too busy for them when they attempted to find out why she had walked out on UASU top officials this morning.
“It is emerging that our members are overworked, there is no CBA in place while they are paid Sh 800 per hour for extra teaching while those from outside are paid Sh 2200 hourly ,” the official said.
Added the Trade Unionist “ Our members are also forced to teach five Units while even in private Universities the standards set are for three Units and we have learnt Ndungu now has increased to seven units hence the standoff ,”.
Said Wasonga ,” Now that Ndungu has turned a cold shoulder on us , as a Trade Union we are going to mobilise al our Chapters across the country and come again here but she should never underestimate the people’s power and also understand that this is not(university ) her provisional store as she now runs it ,” Wasonga said.
Ndungu made history when upon becoming the VC suspended 42 students for four years each who raged from first years to four years for allegedly boycotting classes . A few resumed late last year while majority got wasted .
When the media attempted to get her version f the story as to why she stormed out of UASU officials , the VC declined through a security guard at the main gate .
“Tell them ( media) that am too busy with a meeting for me to see them , “ the guard identified as only Obed told a battery of journalists at the gate .
The university has remained a no go zone for the media while its Acting Registrar Wallace Kamau at one time dismissed this reporter wondering if he was a Woman Representative , MP , Senator , MCA or a Governor to seek for any information concerning suspension of the 42 students .
The VC also cut off a telephone conversation with this reporter at the time when he called to inquire if the matter had been resolved by quipping , ‘what is your interest ‘and she hanged the phone even though it was a matter of public interest .
Former Kirinyaga Senator Daniel Karaba was also turned away at the entrance when he sought for some audience with the VC , yet he was the House Chair for Education at the time.