Student leaders from the University of Nairobi want the government to expedite the process of picking a new Vice Chancellor.
This follows Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha’s revocation of Prof. Stephen Kiama appointment and named Prof. Isaac Mbeche the acting VC instead.
Addressing journalists on Sunday the University of Nairobi Students’ Association (UNSA) officials hailed Prof. Magoha’s appointment of Prof. Mbeche whom they expressed their support.
“Earlier there had been claims that there was mischief in the process of Vice Chancellor appointment…we want to say that this time round that matter be investigated as called upon by the Education CS,” Secretary General Byron Ochieng said.
On his part, UNSA Vice President Nyakundi Ian,
“We cannot be having three Vice Chancellors in a year…that is a joke.”
The UoN Council early this year announced Prof. Stephen Gitahi Kiama as the institution’s new Vice Chancellor for a five-year term.
CS Magoha on Friday however dissolved the Julia Ojiambo-led council and revoked the appointment of Prof. Kiama pending consultation.
“Prof. Kiama will continue dispensing his duties as Deputy Vice Chancellor Human Resource and Administration at the university,” said Magoha in a press release.
Magoha also dissolved the University council’s chaired by Julia Ojiambo.
The crisis at Kenya’s largest public university now seems to deepen as a showdown in the corridors of justice looms, with revoked VC Prof Kiama promising a serious legal battle.