Public Universities’ bosses Tuesday obtained an injunction halting the planned lecturers’ strike scheduled to take place starting Wednesday.
Industrial Court Judge Lady Justice Monica Mbaru also ordered that the lecturers and the non-teaching staff unions be served via email to attend court Wednesday when the matter will be mentioned for further directions.
In a case filed under a certificate of urgency and supported by an affidavit sworn by JKUAT vice chancellor Prof Mabel Imbuga, the public universities said that the strike would paralyse operations, affecting normal learning and other businesses at all campuses.
The ex parte application also sought to have the union leaders summoned to appear before court in person when the applicants, the Inter-Public University Councils Consultative Forum will present their case seeking to have the strike deferred as talks on the disputed salary increment continue.
Tuesday’s order comes amid heightened activity among members of the Kenya Universities Staff Union (Kusu) and Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) continued drumming support for today’s planned strike that seeks to compel the public universities’ administrations to release Sh 2.2 billion.
The two unions assert that the money was released from the treasury but was misused by universities’ authorities on unrelated expenses much to the chagrin of lecturers and staff.
The move could adversely affect learning for 500,000 students undertaking various courses at certificate, degree, masters and PHD levels via regular and parallel programmes.
( Courtesy Daily Nation……Source……Our Freelance Contributor in Nairobi )