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SWA comprises of a governing board, managers as well as administrative and support staff. The SWA board is headed by the Vice-Chancellor of the University as its chairman. The board is responsible for developing residential service policies; strategic planning, policy implementation and day to day management are carried out by managers, officers and staff of SWA under the guidance of the Director.

The Director is the administrative head of SWA and is responsible for all aspects of strategic planning and operations including the quality of students residential life, food, services, custodial services and coordination of support functions


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
  6. Maintenance 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



1.             Director:

                         Prof. Jackson K. Maalu


2.            Deputy Director (Catering):

                        Prof. Oyieke, F.A


3.            Deputy Director (Accommodation, Security and Mentorship):

                        Dr. Samuel N. Nyandemo


4.            Deputy Finance Officer

                        CPA Peter Ngari


5.            Chief Personnel Officer

                        Mr. Peter. Mbuthia


6.            Principal Catering Officer

                        Mrs. Okeyo E. M. A.


7.            Chief Halls Officer

                        Mr. Simeon Odera


8.            Deputy Chief Halls Officer (HAMIS)

                        Mr. Zadock O. Opole


9.           Deputy Chief Halls Officer (Operations)

               Ms. Norah Nyamachanja


10.          Deputy Chief Security Officer

                        Mr.Phanuel Indimuli Ambunya


11.          Assistant Chief Internal Auditor

                        Mrs. Anne Muriungi


12.         Deputy Procurement Manager

                       Mr. J. K.Maiyo


13.          Maintenance Officer

                        Mr. James M. Mugo


14.          Senior Personnel Officer

                         Ms. Grace Mzee

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