Learning paralysed in Mombasa as lecturers strike enters day two

Technical University of Mombasa./COURTESY

Mombasa, KENYA: Learning in most public universities in Mombasa remained paralyzed for a second day following the university lecturer’s strike that kicked off on Monday.

The lecturers have accused their employer of being insensitive to their plight and have vowed to down their tools until the government adheres to the CBA.

Addressing media at Technical university of Mombasa, John Ogwang’ who is the secretary of Kenya Universities Staff Union (KUSU) TUM branch, dismissed the failed government’s promise as political statements that are barren.

He added that the sh.10 billion promised by the government was to be paid in full and  not in installments as the government intends to.

Mr. Ogwang’ stated that the implementation of Collective Bargaining Agreement was scheduled for June as the deadline, but the government has breached the agreement in contrary.

“Less than ten billion we are weak and we can’t allow ourselves to be weak.” Ogwang said.

“The current financial year has started, they have the mandate to spend, why do they want to give us half? We need full payment.” He added.

A spot check by Baraka FM on Tuesday at the Technical University of Mombasa, revealed little activity at the institution.

The lecturers kicked off their strike on Monday after accusing the government of failing to honor a Collecting Bargaining Agreement signed in March that prompted them to end their strike back then.

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