The Kenya Universities Students Organization has responded to the decision made by UoN Vice-Chancellor to kick out 32,000 students from the Varsity for overstaying. According to KUSO President James Wamban, the decision was made following the deliberation of the Senate meeting at the University held on August 26, 2020.
The Organization questioned on how the senate arrived to the decision to kick out almost half of the student’s population from the varsity.
According to the circular dated March 8th, 2021 signed by Prof Julius Ogeng’o,
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs; the over 32,000 students being
deregistered fall in the following four categories;
- Those students who interrupted their studentship by temporary
withdrawal, deferment, or suspension.
- Those with unexplained failure to transit to the subsequent level.
- Those who overstayed.
- Those whose studentship has been terminated by discontinuation or
Wamban termed the decision as oppression and injustice of the highest order ever recorded in the
history of Kenya on poor students. The organization demanded that the process of deregistration should stop with immediate effect.
”We want to tell Prof. Kiama Gitahi, that you cannot just wake up from your deep slumber and decide to kick out over 32,000 needy students citing some senate meeting without proper consultations with all stakeholders and public
participation or even hearing the side of the story of these needy students,” Part of the memo from KUSO read.
The Union wants EACC and DCI to intervene and stop the Varsity from the action with immediate effect.
”Therefore, we want to tell the University of Nairobi administration led by Prof Kiama Gitahi to STOP deregistration of any poor Kenyan student. We further call upon the Ethics and Anti Corruption Agency as well as The Directorate of
Criminal Investigations as well as the Relevant Government Agencies to step in and carry out a thorough forensic audit of the affairs at the University of Nairobi,” KUSO memo read.
KUSO believes that the exercise is aimed at silencing Student Leadership through threatened expulsions and to retain a corrupt and Authoritarian University Leadership.
The organization also wants the VC to step aside or be fired for misusing his office.
”Against this and other gross misconduct of the rogue Vice-Chancellor in total disregard of the supremacy of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and other laws, protocols and international treaties, Kiama Gitahi should step aside as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nairobi and the University of Nairobi Council as currently constituted be disbanded,” the circular read.