The Nairobi High Court has dismissed a petition seeking to stop the planned Moi University graduation scheduled for Friday, August 22, 2019.
This was after over 500 students whose names failed to appear on the final graduation list, moved to court to temporarily stop the ceremony blaming the varsity for the hitch.
High Court Judge John Mativo, however, declined to grant their request adding that the case will be heard on August 20, 2019. A ruling on whether the affected students will graduate or not will also be delivered on the same day.
The aggrieved students on Wednesday convened outside the university’s administration block demanding that their names be added to the list ahead of the graduation next week. The students claim that some of the lecturers willingly failed to release marks to quietly push for their pay and allowances with the most affected faculty being the school of Business and Economics.
In the Nairobi campus, for instance, Kenyan Bulletin learnt that close to 500 students at the faculty had to contribute on an individual basis an amount and forward to one of their lecturers for their marks to be released.
But even so, it was too late for the students who say the university’s Senate already sat and approved the names of those graduating. The university management, however, told the Kenyan Bulletin that many of the aggrieved students had huge fee balances and missing marks.
According to the Moi University’s Public Relations Officer Patricia Cherambos, it is too late for them to be listed for graduation.