Hundreds of Scotts Christian University students staged a peaceful protest on Tuesday demanding the removal of the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mumo Kisau.
Led by their leader, Phillip Kirui, the irate students who accused Kisau of ineptitude and corruption later ejected him from office and finally out of the institution premises.
They also cited mismanagement of finances, nepotism, arbitrary hiking of fees and outright high handedness as some of the reasons for demanding his removal.
The students, who had only reported back to the university last week, said they had tried all other avenues in trying to address the challenges affecting the college operations but to no avail.
This is a sad day for us. The students have expressed their will. We have been having discussions with the college administration for a while now. There have been challenges on accommodation, tribalism, erosion of Christian values and financial impropriety, Kirui told the media.
The rather peaceful students also accused the University of undertaking an arbitrary hike in accommodation charges by imposing a whopping 100 per cent increase from Sh5, 000 to S0, 000 forcing many of them to seek cheaper accommodation outside the institution.
They also alleged that the embattled VC had instigated the dismissal of a senior lecturer last year over unexplained circumstances.
On his part, Abednego Musau, who is the student’s spiritual leader, claimed the university was slowly losing its traditional benevolence values inherited from the Scotts Foundation which among other things used to oversee the support of needy students.
He claimed this was as a result of corruption and mismanagement at the leadership level.
The students later confiscated the keys to the VC’s office, which they vowed not to hand over to the church until the matter is resolved.
Attempts by KNA to speak to the institution’s management failed as they were locked up in a meeting with the Board Chairperson Lloyd Masika for the better part of the day.
Scott Christian university in Machakos was established by the African University in 1962 as Scott Theological College (STC), and named after its founder, Peter Cameron Scott.
It was eventually granted a charter allowing it to operate as a fully fledged university in 1997, before adopting its present name in 2012.
Source: Kenya News Agency