University head, council sentenced for contempt of court

Egerton University Vice-Chancellor Professor Isaac Kibwage and university council members have received a 30-day jail term for contempt of court, writes Wanjiru Macharia for Capital News. Justice David Nderitu imposed an alternative KES100,000 (US$810) penalty for Kibwage and the eight council members.

On Wednesday 7 December, Justice Nderitu of the Employment and Labour Relations Court in Nakuru found them guilty of contempt by ignoring court orders on lecturers’ salary cut. The nine failed to implement a court order directing them to pay the lecturers a 100% of their salaries.

Egerton University Academic Staff Union (UASU) Chapter had filed for contempt after the university imposed a 40% pay cut in 2020. This was said to be to a stop-gap measure at the advent of COVID-19 pandemic. Nderitu said the cut was said to be occasioned by the effects of COVID-19, but the council failed to produce evidence.
Full report on the Capital News site