Kenyatta University employees have reason to be anxious because of a holdup in the payment of their October salary.
Professor Paul Okemo, the university’s interim Deputy Vice Chancellor, sent an internal memo on November 7 explaining the delay was due to the Ministry of Education’s tardy monthly capitation.
Prof Okemo said, “The University depends largely on monthly recurring subsidies from the Ministry of Education to pay salaries and wages, and I encourage staff to be patient while we wait for these monies.”
“We’re still waiting for the October 2022 reimbursement so we can pay the October salary,” he added.
There are likely more than 3,200 faculty, staff, and administrative personnel at the University who are impacted by the glitch, according to the most recently available statistics.
The university has made news due to a severe financial crisis that has hampered several of its functions.
Kenyatta University Television (KU TV) would be shutting down effective immediately owing to financial difficulties, the university informed in a separate letter dated Tuesday, October 25.
The institution accrued Ksh677 million in financial arrears from June 2018 to June 2019, bringing its overall debt to Ksh1.3 billion. The shortfall necessitated the institution’s use of short-term loans to cover ongoing expenses. Nancy Gathungu, the Auditor General, revealed in 2021