A section of scholars in the Coast region has appealed to the Ministry of Education to intervene and resolve the ongoing internal wrangle among TUM (Technical University of Mombasa) management.
Speaking under the auspice of the Coast Communities Caucus, the leaders said an amicable solution should be sought promptly to resolve the disputes at the institution.
They took issue with a section of management particularly, the university academic affairs registrar, whom they accused of allegedly frustrating TUM Vice-Chancellor, Prof Leila Abubakar.
“This clique of staff is taking cover under the union to allegedly push for welfare issues yet they have their own malicious agenda. It is so sad that the witch hunt trend is taking an ethnic angle as it seems to target the Vice-Chancellor,” the leaders said in a press statement read by Dr. Ibrahim Bulushi.
Addressing a press conference after Friday Prayers outside Masjid Al-Hudaa in Spaki area, they claimed that the registrar has also frustrated several students from getting their academic certificates despite clearing with the institutions.
“These students who graduated from the university but could not collect their certificates have filed court cases against the institution because of the malpractices of the registrar,” they added.
The leaders are also demanding for the disbandment of TUM Senate on grounds it lacked “a single representative from the Coastal region”.
Sheikh Abu Hamza, Hudaa Mosque Imam called on the education ministry to suspend the registrar pending hearing and determination of cases facing him and the university.
“Since the university was built on Muslim donated land and its construction fully funded by our community, we demand that the government replace him with a qualified and competent native of the Coastal region,” added Sheikh Abu Hamza.
The leaders further claimed that the bad blood among the university management has bogged down plans to start a medicine and surgery degree course among other projects.
“We are fully aware that the proponents of this malicious agenda are a faction of staff with self-interest who are out to enjoy extra privileges like double medical cover at the expense of the university,” they claimed.
They added: “We, Coast Communities Caucus, will not sit back and watch the gains made at our institution under the current management go down the drain because of individual interests. We are therefore urging the faction to desist forthwith from undermining the management,”