3 short­listed for Moi var­sity vice chan­cel­lor

MPs say one var­sity al­ready headed by an ‘out­sider’ so Kos­gey should be hired

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - MATHEWS NDANYI @ndany­i_­math­ews

Three top aca­demics have been short­listed for the Moi Univer­sity vice chan­cel­lor’s job.

They are Laikipia Univer­sity deputy vice chan­cel­lor Isaac Kos­gey, Rongo Univer­sity Col­lege prin­ci­pal pro­fes­sor Samuel Gudu and Com­mis­sion for Univer­sity Ed­u­ca­tion qual­ity stan­dards chief Ann Nan­gulu.

On Tues­day, gov­er­nors Jack­son Mandago (Uasin Gishu), Alex Tol­gos (El­geyo Mar­ket) and a group of North Rift MPs stormed the univer­sity and protested against ap­point­ment of Prof La­ban Ayiro as act­ing vice chan­cel­lor. The in­ci­dent shook the na­tion and politi­cians were crit­i­cised for bla­tant trib­al­ism.

Mandago said, “We want Kos­gey to take over be­cause he was the best dur­ing in­ter­views. There is no need to have an act­ing vice chan­cel­lor, yet the in­ter­views were com­pleted.”

Ayiro has been ap­pointed for three months. In­ter­views were com­pleted three months ago but the short­listed can­di­dates have to be screened by gov­ern­ment agen­cies be­fore one of them is picked.

The lead­ers said one in­sti­tu­tion – the Univer­sity of El­doret – is al­ready headed by an “out­sider” - Prof Tere­sia Akenga. “If Kos­gey was not wanted, then he should have been told dur­ing the re­cruit­ment in­ter­views,” Tol­gos said. The Na­tional Co­he­sion and In­te­gra­tion Com­mis­sion said many uni­ver­si­ties have been turned into “eth­nic bas­tions”.


Profs Isaac Kos­gey, Samuel Gudu and Ann Nan­gulu

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