Sunday, 20 March 2016


Our attention has been drawn to media reports and a document circulating on social media that mentions a raft of retirement benefits allegedly to be accorded to retiring Kenyatta University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Olive Mugenda who left office yesterday (today) after ten years at the helm.
This is the VC's position on the matter. A proposal was put forward by the Kenyatta University council for a retirement package which was discussed severally. Retiring chief executives are offered retirement packages and KU is no exception. However after considerable thought Prof. Mugenda made the decision on Friday to decline the package proposed by the Council arguing that when she took over as VC she was discharging her public duties and did not accept the position with a retirement package in mind. Prof. Mugenda feels the appreciation she has received especially on social media thanking her for transforming KU is enough and that she has done her public duty. As such, she feels she does not merit the proposed retirement package by the council.
A letter declining the package was dispatched on Friday to the University council.
She is however grateful for the gesture and the support the University council has given her during her tenure. Prof. Mugenda wishes the staff, students and management a prosperous future and believes KU will only grow bigger and better with the foundation she has laid down for it. Prof. Mugenda looks forward to well deserved break with her family as she contemplates her next challenge.
Machua Koinange
Director, Public Relations and Communications

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