Former Kenyatta University Vice-Chancellor Olive Mugenda has declined the extravagant retirement package proposed by the university council.
Prof Mugenda, in a letter sent to the council last Friday, refused to take the generous package.
In a press statement sent to newsrooms, the university’s Director of Communication Machua Koinange confirmed that Ms Mugenda had declined to accept the package, saying that she had received enough commendations especially on social media and she was just doing her job, and therefore did not warrant any special treatment.
The statement added that when Prof Mugenda took over as the VC, she was discharging her public duties and did not accept the position with a retirement package in mind.
The package, which has caused an uproar on social media, amounts to Sh32.5 million without including the insurance. It included a 10 day holiday to a country of her choice, with spouse or friend valued at sh 2.5 million, a vehicle of her choice valued at Sh10 million, and a retirement home in a suitable residential area valued at Sh20 million.
“Mugenda is however grateful for the gesture and the support the university council has given her during her tenure,” read the statement.
“Prof Mugenda wishes the staff, students and management of KU a prosperous future and believes KU will only grow bigger and better with the foundation she has laid down for it,” added the statement.
Mugenda’s tenure at the University came to an end last week following a successful decade as Vice Chancellor, in which she initiated several development projects.