Kumi lecturers strike over pay

Tuesday February 17 2015

By Richard Otim

Kumi- Kumi University lecturers have laid down their tools protesting non payment of their salaries for the last six months.

The lecturers, in their third day of a sit-down strike, are demanding that they be paid all their arrears before they can resume work.

Kumi District police commander Gasper Obingu Onzi yesterday said the lecturers declined to return to work despite efforts by both the senate and board of trustees to convince them not to strike.

“They have refused to conduct lectures and the students are threatening to join them. I have met the students and lecturers should be able to resume duty without causing any trouble,” Mr Obingu said.

The vice chancellor, Mr Owen Kim, said the university was trying all it could to settle the lecturers’ arrears.

In 2010, the lecturers went on strike protesting non payment of salaries for three months. The university had also been indefinitely closed in 2013 after students turned rowdy following the resignation of then vice chancellor Kim Young.

“The university is still young and going through a lot of challenges. In 2013, the university only collected Shs238 milion instead of the anticipated Shs553 million,” said Mr Akono Opesa, a board member.

Established in 1996 by a Korean missionary couple, the institution was transformed into a university in 2004.