In recent years, the topic of Vice-Chancellors’ salaries in Kenya has become a subject of great interest and scrutiny.
These esteemed leaders helm prestigious universities, driving academic excellence and contributing to the nation’s intellectual growth.
However, the disclosure of their high earnings and hidden allowances has sparked debates about transparency and fairness in the higher education sector.
Here are the highest paid Vice-Chancellors in Kenya and their allowances.
At the top of the list is Prof. Samuel Gudu, the Vice-Chancellor of Rongo University.
With a distinguished reputation as a world-renowned scientist and full Professor of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Prof. Gudu earns a gross salary of Ksh 1,610,111 per month.
Surprisingly, his hidden allowances amount to a staggering Ksh 560,000, resulting in a total earning of Ksh 2,220,111 monthly.
Prof. Dickson Nyariki
Second on the list is Prof. Dickson Nyariki, leading Murang’a University of Technology.
He receives a gross salary of Ksh 1,497,003, while his hidden allowances sum up to Ksh 215,000, bringing his total monthly earnings to Ksh 1,712,003.
Prof. Mary Ndungu
Similarly, Prof. Mary Ndungu of Kirinyaga University ranks third, earning a gross salary of Ksh 1,540,966 and receiving Ksh 626,000 in hidden allowances, resulting in a total of Ksh 2,076,966 per month.
Prof. Peninah Aloo-Obudho
Prof. Peninah Aloo-Obudho, who leads Maasai Mara University, earns a gross salary of Ksh 1,425,466.
Additionally, she enjoys hidden allowances amounting to Ksh 500,000, elevating her total monthly earnings to Ksh 1,925,000.
Following closely is Prof. Festus Kaberia of Multi Media University, earning Ksh 1,480,075 as gross salary, with hidden allowances adding Ksh 372,000, resulting in a total earning of Ksh 1,852,075.
Prof. Julius Omondi Nyabundi
Prof. Julius Omondi Nyabundi from Maseno University receives Ksh 1,322,003 as gross salary and an additional Ksh 220,000 in hidden allowances, making his total monthly earnings Ksh 1,542,003.
Prof. Paul K. Wainaina
Meanwhile, Prof. Paul K. Wainaina, Vice-Chancellor of Kenyatta University, earns a gross salary of Ksh 1,271,019, with Ksh 239,034 in hidden allowances, amounting to a total of Ksh 1,510,053 each month.
Prof. Joseph Bosire
The trend continues with Prof. Joseph Bosire, the acting Vice-Chancellor of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST), earning Ksh 1,180,319 as gross salary and Ksh 163,000 in hidden allowances, totaling Ksh 1,343,319.
Prof. Lucy W. Irungu
Prof. Lucy W. Irungu, the Vice-Chancellor of Machakos University, receives Ksh 1,159,184 as gross salary and Ksh 710,000 in hidden allowances, resulting in a total of Ksh 1,869,184.