In Summary
  • Those seeking clearance have to wait for long and some are being denied clearance to travel outside the country for international conferences, workshops and external examinations at universities outside Kenya, said Dr George Omondi, Uasu University of Nairobi chapter secretary.
  • Dr Omondi added that the ban is not only discriminatory but also violates the constitutional rights of the lecturers.
  • The government has also banned other civil servants from travelling outside the country.

University lecturers have demanded the immediate withdrawal of the travel restriction recently imposed by the government.

The Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu) said the move had adversely affected many members, who are frustrated by delays in processing requests.

“Those seeking clearance have to wait for long and some are being denied clearance to travel outside the country for international conferences, workshops and external examinations at universities outside Kenya,” said Dr George Omondi, Uasu University of Nairobi chapter secretary.

Dr Omondi added that the ban is not only discriminatory but also violates the constitutional rights of the lecturers.

AFFECT NEGATIVELY

“The impact of this unlawful travel restriction continues to affect the country negatively. Uasu will vigorously fight this unlawful travel restriction until it is withdrawn,” he said.

A letter from Mrs A. Mworia, senior deputy secretary in the Education ministry, dated September 20 and addressed to all vice-chancellors and principals of their constituent colleges, says: “This is to notify you that it has been decided, until further advised otherwise, that no government official will travel outside the country.”

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