Drama ensued at a hotel in Nakuru attended by 137 delegates when top brass of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa declined to present much awaited audit report of the financially troubled and crisis-ridden Presbyterian University.
Several delegates made pleas for the release of the report but all that landed on deaf ears of the bigwigs of the church who included the moderator of the church Rev Guantai Mwamba who is also the chancellor of the university, the secretary general of the church Rev Kariuki Kania, his deputy Rev Mugendi Kanga and the chairman of the university council Rev Kamau Macharia is also a retired moderator of the same church. General administration committee meets annually and it is the implementing organ of the policies and programmes of the church ahead of every general assembly that converges every three years with delegates coming from all the 54 presbyteries of the church.
The last audit report of the Presbyterian University was presented and discussed by GAC delegates in 2016. “The report ought to be presented at the GAC summit on yearly basis,” said woman’s guild official Wachera Githaka.
Kenya Power has already disconnected power supply to the university over accrued arrears running into millions of shillings, unionisable workers at the institution are planning to take industrial action against the institution due to unpaid allowances and salaries arrears. Lecturers are said to be sailing in the same boat as well as suppliers and contractors. Over 900 government sponsored varsity students to the institutions are already stranded there owing to the quagmires rocking the institution of higher learning. Conspicuously absent at this year’s GAC summit was the vice chancellor Muungania who was said to be in USA on private business. He did not even bother to send an apology.
Inside sources reveal that the varsity don is uncomfortable with the way the church is handling affairs of the university. Inside sources further intimate that former secretary general of the church Rev Patrick Rukenya and
former deputy secretary general Rev Thegu Mutahi who are both members of the university council have been rocking the boat from within and that they were total failures in the previous senior positions they held in the five million member denomination of the church.
Contrary to previous general administration committee summits, this year church groups such as woman’s guild, boys and girls brigades, youth wing, christian education members and Presbyterian church men fellowship were not represented at all and no convincing reasons were given by the top brass of the church.
“These church groups are vital organs of the church especially in mobilising congregants in supporting the church in raising tithes and offertories,” said retired cleric of the same church Rev Jorum Gathemere.
Nakuru governor Lee Kinyanjui was the chief guest during the official opening of the PCEA GAC summit this year previously about 450 delegates had been attending GAC summit every year in which case the uninvited church group’s interests were not represented at the gathering and in the resolutions that were arrived at.