‘Dons for Baba,’ University dons declare support for Raila’s presidential bid

University dons through Universities Academic Staff Union has declared support for Raila Odinga in the August elections.

The University Union brings together deans and academic staff from the country’s 31 public universities.

‘Dons for Baba,’ a group of lecturers, have pledged to rally support for Raila at all of the country’s universities.

They also promised to volunteer as Raila’s agents on August 9.

The announcement, according to Uasu boss Constantine Wesonga, is the result of a thorough examination of the contenders who have expressed interest in succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“We have decided the former Prime Minister is our own, can we go out and campaign,” Wesonga said.

“We really affirm our support realizing that this 2022 elections can really make or break this country,” said Mary Mwangi from South Eastern Kenya University (Seku).

The over 100 dons spoke on Tuesday during a meeting with the ODM leader at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation in Nairobi’s upper hill.

The university dons called on Raila to ensure the lecturer’s wages are revised upwards once he takes over.

Wesonga decried the poor funding in public universities, saying there is an urgent need to increase it from the current 45 percent to 85 percent.

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