University staff union protests dismissal of whistleblower

The Kenya Universities Staff Union (KUSU) has protested against the dismissal of Maasai Mara University whistleblower, chief finance officer Spencer Sankale Ololchike, and demanded his immediate reinstatement, writes Faith Nyamai for Nation Media Group.

KUSU Secretary General Charles Mukwaya also called for disbandment of the entire Maasai Mara University council by the Ministry of Education and removal of the acting vice-chancellor, Professor Kiche Magak, for covering up the rot in the institution. “We are shocked that the university council chose to dismiss an employee for exposing corruption at the institution,” said Mukwaya in Nairobi.

Ololchike was among the staff who blew the whistle on misappropriation of KES190 million (US$1.8 million) by former vice-chancellor Mary Walingo. The exposé was aired by Citizen TV in 2019. So far, Walingo, deputy vice-chancellor Simon Kasaine Ole Seno (administration), John Almadi Obare (acting deputy vice-chancellor for finance), Anaclet Biket Okumu (finance) and a driver, Noor Hassan Abdi, have been charged over the corruption. The case is still pending in court.
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