NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 30 – The Employment and Labour Relations Court has issued a mandatory order directing Kenyatta University to settle former Vice Chancellor Prof Olive Mugenda’s final dues.
Lady Justice Monica Mbaru directed Kenyatta University and its Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Paul Wainaina to settle Prof Mugenda’s full exit dues with immediate effect.
The settlement of the final dues Justice Mbaru said, will be done in line with the exit package earlier approved by the Kenyatta University Council Terms of Service Committee, on March 17, 2015 and adopted by the full council on September 3, 2015.
The order compelling the university to settle the dues including her sabbatical leave, emoluments and other benefits follows the filing of a civil suit on certificate of urgency by Prof Mugenda last week.
Represented by lawyer James Nyiha, the immediate former Kenyatta University Vice Chancellor had earlier sworn an affidavit and filed a plaint urging the court to compel the university to release her terminal dues.
Prof Mugenda’s dues approved by the University Council and benchmarked against exit packages advanced by other public Universities in recent years had been partially withheld denying her sabbatical leave and other benefits since she left office six months ago.
Prof Mugenda served Kenyatta University for over 30 years in different capacities. She rose from a lecturer to a full professor and also served as a dean of school, chairman of department, and deputy vice chancellor before being competitively appointed as vice chancellor from 2006 to 2016.
She is credited with having spearheaded the creation of an enviable academic brand at Kenyatta University and overseeing one of the most successful institutional transformation programmes at a public institution in the region.