uon to compensate student with ksh 500,000!

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University Of Nairobi

by Muthoni Kimani November 4, 2020

A Nairobi court has directed the University of Nairobi to pay a former student half a million Kenya shillings. The institution delayed the student’s master’s degree program for five years.

Justice Weldon Korir accused the institution of higher learning of mistreating the petitioner Paulpeter Makanda Makokha. The petitioner complained that the delay violated his rights to education, which he terms unnecessary.

According to Makokha, he knew he would complete his education within two years, as stated in the admission letter. He said before the court that he started his studies in 2009, and he would graduate after two years.

However, the lack of cooperation from Robinson M Ocharo, his supervisor, saw him graduate in 2016. Also, Makokha tabled text messages in which he sought an audience with Mr Ocharo severally to no avail.

Frustrated Makokha lamented how sometimes he traveled from Kakamega to Nairobi, to find his supervisor not available. He added that the supervisor refused to answer his calls and text messages. Mr Makokha termed the behavior as a breach to his Constitutional rights.

Additionally, the petitioner said the delayed graduation caused him the opportunity to secure employment, adding that the five-year delay affected the perception of potential employers regarding his abilities.

Apart from the compensation, Makokha insisted that the institution puts in place strict measures regarding its charter of service delivery. On its part, UoN argued that the petitioner did not exhaust all dispute resolving avenues before heading to court. Additionally, the institution stated that thesis writing was a long process; hence there was no guarantee the complainant would graduate within the stipulated time.

Justice Korir, however, responded to the UoN lawyers that there was no evidence that Mr Makokha delayed the writing of the thesis.