Drama is unfolding at the University of Nairobi (UoN) after the newly appointed acting Vice-Chancellor Prof Isaac Meroka Mbeche sent an internal memo warning ‘sacked’ Prof Gitahi Kiama from purportedly exercising his powers as a UoN VC.
Prof Gitahi Kiama was appointed after the UoN council on January 5th 2020 declared him the winner in the selection process.
The appointment of Prof Gitahi Kiama was seen as irregular; he was also being fronted by Deputy President William Ruto.
Another memo, written the same day (18th January 2020) by Prof Madara Ogot stated that the installation ceremony for the new VC slated for 21st of this month has been cancelled.
A day after Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha wrote to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to probe the recruitment of the Vice-Chancellor, University of Nairobi student leaders have now declared their support for Prof Isaac Mbeche for the position.
The University of Nairobi Students’ Association (UNSA) on Sunday urged the national government to intervene in the leadership crisis at the institution as soon as possible to allow for the smooth running of operations.
The students supported Magoha’s decision to revoke the appointment of Prof Stephen Kiama.
In a statement read by Byron Ochieng, main campus Secretary-General, the student leaders said that they were behind Magoha after he read malice in the process of the appointment of the VC into office.
“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 is investigated as called upon by the Education CS,” read the statement in part.
On his part, UNSA Vice President Nyakundi Ian said that there is no way the institution is going to be managed by three Vice Chancellors. He asked Kiama to pave way for Mbeche to take over the leadership in peace. Kiama has since maintained that he was duly appointed into the capacity and he has no intentions to quit any time soon.
Fresh details have emerged about how Deputy President William Ruto used the immediate former University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, to get his fake doctorate degree and later dumped him like garbage.
According to sources, Mbithi tried reaching out to Ruto during his last days in office but his efforts proved futile.
Prof. Mbithi had helped Ruto get a doctorate degree that generated a lot of controversy during his tenure as VC.
He had also awarded a multimillion security tender to Lavington Security Company, a firm associated with a Ruto ally.
Initially while still in office, Prof. Mbithi could drive in and out as he wished except on this day