The Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) and the Kenya Universities Staff Union (KUSU) of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) held elections at the beginning of 2021, a process that saw some officials retain their seats, while others were replaced.
The hotly contested UASU elections held on February 10, 2021 saw Dr Shadrack Muya from the Department of Zoology defeat Prof. Peterson Hinga to clinch the coveted Secretary General post while Mr. Naftaly Muiga retained his seat as Chairman.
Other elected executive officials included; Mr. Baariu Mwiti who ascended to the position of Organizing Secretary. He served as Deputy Organizing Secretary in the previous office. Others were; Dr. Timonah Soita, elected as treasurer, and three trustees: Dr. Anam Onditi, Ms. Anne Omamo and Mr. Thumbi Maina.
Speaking during an interview, Dr. Muya attributed his win to a well thought out manifesto under the acronym “BREW”, which represents building the union, resource allocation, effective digital communication as well as workload, health and safety matters.
“In our commitment to our members, we are prioritizing communication. Already the union’s website is operational, and we have also set up bulk SMS services to ensure that the channels of dialogue with our members are open”, said Dr. Muya.
Meanwhile, KUSU held their elections on January, Friday 29, 2021, which saw all previous nine officials retain their respective positions unopposed.
Speaking during an interview, KUSU Secretary General, Mr. Nickson Chege said the officials were retained due to their exemplary work which, he further noted, was still not yet complete.
The team is led by the Chairman, Mr. Isaac Nderitu, while his Vice-Chair is Eng. Justus Oketch. The Treasurer’s position went to Mr. Wilfred Kinundu while the Organizing Secretary position was taken by Mr. John Njoroge.
Eng. James Magoka retained the Deputy Secretary position, while Ms. Emma Njau and Ms. Juliet Obel were elected unopposed as Trustee and Women Representative respectively.
“It is, without doubt, we have done some good work and that’s why the members have given us another five years to continue serving them, ensuring they are well taken care of,” the KUSU Secretary General asserted.
He confirmed that the elected officials intend to complete the agenda outlined in the previous manifesto before coming up with a new one.
The officials in both unions will serve for the next five years.