Kenyatta University out-going Vice Chancellor Prof Olive Mugenda has declined a Sh22.5 million retirement send-off proposed by the university council. Mugenda, through a statement, said the appreciation she received on social media was enough. She, however, added she appreciates the gesture by the council.
The generous Sh22.5M package included a 10-day holiday for two to a country of her choice, a personal car and a home.
Mugenda has been credited for transforming the institution. Her vision of making the University a varsity city with world-class facilities has borne fruit in the 10 years she has been at the helm. It is during her period as VC that the university has expanded schools like built environment and medicine. The university has a fully functional morgue and a TV station and is expanding facilities including a mall.
In a letter to the council, Prof. Mugenda said her contribution to the university was part of her job as a civil servant and did not see the need to get a special retirement package.
“Prof. Mugenda wishes the staff, students and management of KU a prosperous future and believes KU will only grow bigger and better with the foundation she has laid down for it,” said the statement sent to news rooms.