Lecturer chases colleagues from strike meeting with panga

A lecturers’ meeting on the ongoing strike came to a standstill on Thursday day when one stormed in with a panga. Uasu secretary general Thomas Motindi said Charles Kinyua arrived late for the briefing and parked near the meeting place.

“He came out and asked me who called him a traitor. I asked him to calm down and talk politely with the members but he was burning with fury,” said Motindi.

“He rushed to his car and came out with a panga and threatened to cut union officials into pieces over what he termed labeling him a traitor. We all scampered for safety.”

Motindi said they reported the incident to police.

‘We expect the law will take its course because if members have agreed to join the nationwide strike in solidarity, we expect to be protected, not attacked,” he said.

The lecturers met at Ndagani shopping Centre to strategize on the strike which began on January 19.

Uasu says it wants the lowest paid academic staff member to earn about Sh360,000, while full professors should be paid Sh1.5 million before tax.

Secretary Jack Abok, a Moi University professor, said they also want restructured and harmonized terms of employment in the public service.