NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 6 – The Employment and Labour Relations Court has stopped the payment of a Sh100 million exit package of retired Kenyatta University Vice Chancellor Olive Mugenda.
The orders were issued by Justice Hellen Wasilwa pending determination of an urgent case lodged by activist Okiya Omtatah.
In the application, the activist argues that the retirement package is contrary to government policy and is not part of Mugenda’s employment contract.
“Mugenda was never appointed under the law of the VC of the varsity as she does not have an employment contract, “he argued.
Last week Lady Justice Monica Mbaru of the same court had directed KU and its acting Vice Chancellor Prof Paul Wainaina to settle Prof Mugenda’s full exit dues with immediate effect but Omtatah is contesting the formula used that arrived at the amount .
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 under 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.