Kenyan Students in Beijing (KENSAB) have condemned the government’s slack in dealing with the lecturers’ strike.
“We request the government to move with speed and rescue the sinking boat, and thus we call for sobriety from all the stakeholders,” newly elected KENSAB President Zachary Bosire said.
“We call upon all citizens to pressure the government to settle this unending Lecturer’s strike amicably so as normalcy can resume in our public universities.”
The students told Education CS Amina Mohamed to find a lasting solution to endless strikes. The lecturers have been on strike since March 1.
In April, the CS formed an inter-ministerial committee to come up with a counter offer for the striking university workers.
Bosire, who has also told President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene, said the concerns of university lecturers are genuine and requires full implementation.
Lecturers went on strike demanding various issues including the review and analysis of local and international pay structures for universities.
They also proposed the restructuring of academic staff salary scales to remove excessive pay overlaps, distortion, compression and inversion.
Bosire, a PhD student at the University of Science and Technology Beijing, was elected KENSAB chairman replacing David Kyalo.
Other are Eunice Muraguri (Vice Chairperson), Idris Dakota (Organising Secretary), Daniel Mutula (Treasurer), Veronica Kavata (Secretary), and Mutua Dennis (Web administrator).
“The new leadership team is a product of competitive, peaceful and democratic elections which were hotly contested. The Kenyan student body in China boasts of 300 members and still growing strong,” Bosire said in a statement.
KENSAB commended the flourishing Kenya-China ties and friendship leading to enormous opportunities in the education sector and commerce.
“In this light, we make a clarion call upon our fellow Kenyans to tap into the opportunities emanating from our growing relationship with China through scholarships, business and job opportunities among others.”
The students also demanded investigations into the death of Ezra Kipng’etich, a student at South China University of Technology in Guangzhou.
Kipng’etich reportedly went missing on May 4 this year and his body was recovered on May 6.
“We demand quick investigation and conclusion of the circumstances surrounding his death,” Bosire said.
KENSAB, which is part of the Kenyan Diaspora community, welcomed the ‘Building Bridges’ initiative by President Uhuru Kenyatta ands ODM leader Raila Odinga.
“We further reiterate that all our leaders down to the grassroots should embrace the same in building the bridges to build a better and more cohesive Kenya,” Bosire said.