Universities’ employee arrears rise to Sh45bn


Maseno University first-year students take a selfie with Vice Chancellor Julius Nyabundi during the freshers’ orientation day on September 22, 2022. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI | NMG

The cash crunch in public universities has deepened after unpaid salaries, wages, retirement benefits and medical cover jumped by a fifth to Sh45.33 billion last financial year.

The Sh8.01 billion or 21.46 percent increase in pay arrears for current and former employees as well as entitled social benefits in 12 months through June 2023 signals a growing cash flow crisis at Kenya’s institutions of higher learning.

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