The United States International University – Africa is currently experiencing a myriad of problems which are being brought about by mismanagement by the new Vice Chancellor.
According to sources with the university, the college is going through turbulent times as it is not properly managed and the VC, Professor Paul Zeleza is always traveling.
Key sources within the College intimate to us that the college is now being managed by the Legal Counsel, Hellen Ambasa who has gained notoriety for assuming powers she doesn’t have. The Legal Counsel has made it impossible for staff and students to voice their concerns as she misuses the university resources and controls the VC like a puppet.
For the first time in so many years, the staff and students feel like they are not being listened to while two key individuals use all university resources for their own personal benefits.
The university recently contracted a company called Novatek to conduct a salary review for staff. That salary review benefited only management with non-management staff missing from the raise. A few of the staff closer to management received Ksh 5000, Ksh 10,000, Ksh 15,000 and Ksh 20,000 as housing allowance while management received a minimum of Ksh 100,000 as housing allowance
According to our sources, the new university directors have since amassed wealth after the recent departure of Professor Freida Brown while promoting and giving salary raise to only those who agree with the dictatorial Legal Counsel.
The Legal Counsel is also suspected by senior and long serving staff members to be behind the recent grabbing of USIU land. It is believed that Hellen Ambasa colluded with Gideon Moi and his wife who was a student at the university. The case is in court with the university losing every stage of the case. The community wonders how anybody would have dared grab the university property.
It is suspected that the Legal Counsel tried to grab the property through the Nyagah Family and Gina Din who is married and living with both Joe Nyagah and Captain Chris Kariuki. Gina Din and Joe Nyagah are known to be extra greedy and have now ventured into gambling through ShindaBET after failing to grab the USIU properties.
The Legal Counsel who is a senior spinster is also said to be romantically involved with the Vice Chancellor (Prof. Zeleza) who ensures that she is in charge of all the happenings at the university. In fact the Legal Counsel pushed for the new VC to buy a brand newOf concern to the community is how the legal counsel, now called Company secretary, became a director without any due process being followed or her having any meaningful achievement. Despite the fact that she is a lawyer, Hellen Ambasa is not known to have won any legal case in the country making senior staff members question her capabilities.
Of concern to the community is how the legal counsel, now called Company secretary, became a director without any due process being followed or her having any meaningful achievement. Despite the fact that she is a lawyer, Hellen Ambasa is not known to have won any legal case in the country making senior staff members question her capabilities.
One Jared Raburu who was recruited as the Human Resource manager recently promoted himself to Human Resource Director without any due process and proceeded to award himself hefty allowances to the disadvantage of the suffering USIU staff. Together with that, all the new staff under him have become managers or senior officers without due process while other people who have worked tirelessly for USIU for so many years remained in their old positions.
The legal counsel has also been pilfering university resources through unapproved trainings which she has made compulsory to staff members even when the workload at the campus doesn’t allow it. The trainings are conducted at high level hotels in Nairobi and Mombasa.
While all those are happening, the VC is always travelling with 2017 being the year he has travelled to a foreign country in every month. In some cases, he has exhausted the travel allowances before calling back and demanding that the Finance Manager send him money to enable him continue with his non-beneficial travels.
The USIU community now feels that the university is on a path to destruction if the expenditure is not checked. The former VC was so keen on the university finances and environment that you’d not even dare drop a pin. Now it is very common to find the university in a filthy state. The standards at the cafeteria are wanting that many now prefer to eat in the kiosks outside the university. The clinic is said to lack medicine for basic ailments as it has been denied proper management.
The legal counsel recently intimidated the chairman of the Staff Council to resign after the raised the complaints with the university. One key staff member who was in the staff council was demoted for being too vocal on the issues of concern. Student leaders have been muzzled and those ordinary students who dare question the happenings are put on academic suspension or financial aid withdrawn. The USIU is really not on a good path.
Maybe it is not the legal counsel but the VC who is known to be from Zimbabwe. He might be drawing inspiration from Robert Mugabe.