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February 23, 2019

Moi University freezes hiring of staff, shuts two campuses

Staff at Moi University leave the main administration block in Kesses on June 6 / MATHEWS NDANYI
Staff at Moi University leave the main administration block in Kesses on June 6 / MATHEWS NDANYI
Moi University has frozen hiring of staff to cut costs and reduce its bloated workforce of more than 3,000 workers.
Vice chancellor Isaac Kosgey said on Monday that the varsity is restructuring.
He spoke ahead of the university’s graduation ceremony set for Friday.
The institution has already closed its Kericho and Nakuru campuses.
Kosgey said the university has stopped replacing employees going on retirement as part of the freeze.
He said the university will reduce salaries expenditure and focus on providing quality education.
The university has more than 3,000 employees, including 1,000 casuals, and Kosgey said it is not sustainable to hire more workers. “Our core mandate is to offer quality education and we want to ensure that we do our level best,” he said.
Kosgey said by year’s end, the university will have saved at least Sh250 million. So far it has saved Sh20 million as a result of the freeze on hiring over three months.
He said they would increasingly focus on teaching and research.
Kosgey said the university will trim operations at Kitale, Mombasa and Odera Akango campuses. Three campuses within Eldoret town will also be placed under one roof.
Kosgey has promised to reinvent Moi University and make it a world-class institution.
The VC said they are realigning training programmes to focus on manufacturing, food security and health. He said the university is keen on supporting the Big Four agenda.
“Our aim is to be the university that creates a difference in the lives of Kenyans,” Kosgey said.
He said the university with more than 47,000 students will train manpower to support local manufacturing of products for export.
The VC said he would also focus on building good relations with the community for mutual benefit.
During Friday’s graduation, Kosgey will be installed the vice chancellor in a ceremony to be witnessed by Education CS Amina Mohamed.
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