Beginning September 2014, staff at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology will enjoy higher commuter allowances following successful negotiations between the University Council and the Kenya University Stuff Union (KUSU). Staff with motor vehicles will now take home a monthly allowance of Ksh. 14, 000 up from Ksh. 13, 000 while those using other means of transport would now pocket Ksh. 8, 000 up from Ksh. 7, 500. The increments to be backdated to July 2012 will be settled in installments spanning ten months.
Speaking during the signing of the agreement at JKUAT Wednesday September 10, 2014, KUSU Secretary General, Dr. Charles Mukhwaya commended the University Council for the move that he termed progressive, and urged JKUAT staff to reciprocate by giving value to the employer.
“The University has now done its part. Employees must now put their synergy together to help JKUAT actualize its mandate,” Mukhwaya remarked.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga thanked the Union officials for conducting themselves with decorum through the negotiations while ensuring that peace and calm remained intact. She noted that the Unions occupied a pivotal position in the life of universities and reiterated the commitment of her institution to workers’ welfare.
The ceremony was also attended by KUSU national officials: Chairman, Anthony Nyakoni; treasurer, Eng. James Makori; vice chairman, Martin Obiende; and trustee, Eng. Justus D’Oketch. Also present were branch secretary, Nickson Chege and Chairman Isaac Nderitu.
The University officials present during the signing included Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo and acting Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Planning and Development, Prof. Victoria Ngumi.