3 shortlisted for Moi varsity vice chancellor
MPs say one varsity already headed by an ‘outsider’ so Kosgey should be hired
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