The government's foreign travel restriction on University lecturers has temporarily been suspended by the High Court.
The high court granted the Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu) there plea to have the ban put on hold pending the hearing and determination of the case they lodged in court on Friday.
While making the orders, Justice Enoch Chacha Mwita suspended the implementation of a circular by the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua banning the lecturers from traveling abroad.
“A conservatory order is hereby granted suspending the enforcement of a circular /letter from Mr Kinyua addressed to all Cabinet secretaries and all principal secretaries, with the directive to circulate to all parastatal under their respective ministries, in so far as affects members of Uasu,” the judge said.
Through lawyer Gitobu Imanyara, Uasu filed a suit suing the Attorney General and head oc public service claiming that the university dons have been arbitrarily blocked from enjoying their rights.
“The travels are apolitical and not linked to any political leaning either in the country or outside the country. Uasu members travel on their own individual capacities,” said Imanyara.
The order by the Head of Service on September 13th indicated that all public servants will not be allowed to travel abroad without clearance from the President.
The civil servants affected bu the directive included Cabinet secretaries, principal secretaries, ministry officers, chief executives of parastatal and their board directors.
A similar order followed on September 20th blocking all vice chancellors of public universities and principals of constituent colleges from traveling abroad.
The dons argue that they are frequently required to take part in international and regional collaborative research workshops, specialized conferences and seminars, which benefit their institutions greatly.