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The extravagant offer Prof Mugenda turned down from KU

Former Kenyatta University vice chancellor Professor Olive Mugenda has declined a lavish retirement package that had been proposed by the university’s council.

In a press statement sent to newsrooms on Sunday afternoon, the University announced that Prof Mugenda feels the appreciation she has received especially on social media thanking her for transforming KU was enough.

The statement adds that when Mugenda took over KU as VC, she was discharging her public duties and did not accept the position with a retirement package in mind.

Recent media reports alleged that the university council had decided to offer her a multimillion shilling retirement benefits after her successful 10-year tenure at the university.


The benefits included a 10-day holiday to a country of her choice in the company of a spouse or a friend, a personal vehicle and a retirement home all estimated at a cost of Sh22.5million.

The statement added that that the ex-VC had dispatched the decline the retirement package benefits in a letter sent to the university council on Friday.

“Mugenda is however grateful for the gesture and the support the University council has given her during her tenure,” read the statement in part.

“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.

In the meantime, Prof. Mugenda will take a break with her family as she contemplates her next challenged.