Oliver Musembi @PeopleDailyKe
University lecturers have welcomed the government’s recent move stopping the opening of additional university campuses and satellite colleges. Officials of the Universities Academic Staff Union, JKUAT chapter, welcomed Education Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i’s order barring the establishing of new campuses and freezing of loans by the institutions.
Led by the newly-elected chapter chairman Naftali Rugara and the secretary Prof Peterson Hinga, the union leaders said the minister’s move was in order because many of the campuses or colleges were unsustainable.
“Some of these institutions serve no purpose and are merely there to drain universities resources while some are opened with ulterior motives,” said Rugara. Meanwhile, the university also sent out an alert after rioting students looted science laboratory and took off with experimental specimen including live rabbits and mushrooms last week.
The students were protesting the death of their colleague Gideon Kibet over suspected food poisoning. “Please put on social media so that as many of our students as possible may know, that the rabbits and mushrooms which were taken away last night during the unrest, were experimental specimen and are poisonous. The rabbits were being used to develop anti-venom for snakes. Nobody should eat them. Please, this is urgent,” it read.