Student Welfare Authority (SWA)

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Comprehensive catering and accommodation services in pursuit of knowledge

Central Catering Unit (CCU)

Our vision

Our vision is to be the first choice residential and catering facility that provides cost effective and excellent quality products for the well-being and the delight of all our customers

Our mission

Our mission is to support the academic goals of the student of the UON by providing a comprehensive, competent and responsible catering and accommodation system, which enable our students and non-students customers, pursue their objectives in the most enjoyable manner possible.

Our Philosophy

In order to constantly add value to the quality of service delivery and stand out as reliable, stable and dependable service provider we uphold the philosophy that:

  1. Our students are our number one customers.
  2. We facilitate a good learning environment.
  3. We are caring and competent.
  4. We are responsive to the needs of our customers.
  5. We uphold leadership by example and participation.
  6. We promote and uphold integrity.
  7. We demonstrate professional management of resources.
  8. We ascribe to the highest level of transparency and accountability.
  9. We foster integration by promoting peace, harmony and coexistence.
  10. We constantly seek to cultivate and promote public good will for the UON.

To achieve its goals SWA is divided into five major departments as follows:

  1. Secretariat
  2. Catering Department
  3. Halls Department
  4. Finance Department
  5. Security Department


This is the Headquarters where the Director and his chief officers operate in coordinating the operations of SWA.

The Chief Officers are as follows

  • Director
  • Deputy Director
  • Deputy Finance Officer
  • Chief Personnel Officer
  • Principal Catering Officer
  • Chief Halls Officer
  • Customer Relations Officer
  • Procurement Officer
  • Deputy Chief Security Officer
  • Maintenance Superintendent

Each department is an integral part of the entire SWA system which, In proper policy formulation SWA has the following Committee:

SWA Board

 This is chaired by the Vice Chancellor

SWA Executive Committee

The Director chairs this Committee with the membership of the Chief officers

SWA Management Committee

 This is also chaired by the Director and has a membership of all Chief Officers and all SMU Managers with      one student representative (Secretary, Accommodation, Health and catering)

The stakeholders of SWA are the following: -

  • University of Nairobi Management
  • Public through the Public Investments Committee
  • Students (UON)
  • Donor agencies with vested interests
  • Parents of students

Key Officers:


Mr. R.Lugwe

Deputy Director:

Dr. Oyieke, F.A.


SWA Service Charter 2011

Download the service charter document by clicking on this link

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