Mandago ac­cuses Ka­paro of witch-hunt in Moi var­sity row

‘We want to tell Ka­paro not to mis­use the NCIC. He should lead to unite Kenyans and not tar­get some com­mu­ni­ties or in­di­vid­u­als...We only want merit in ap­point­ment ’

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

Uasin Gishu Gov­er­nor Jack­son Mandago has told the NCIC to stop the “witch­hunt and tar­get­ing Rift Val­ley leaders” over their de­mands to hire a qual­i­fied lo­cal as Moi Univer­sity VC .

He on Mon­day said they will not be in­tim­i­dated by the Na­tional Co­he­sion and In­te­gra­tion Com­mis­sion to stop de­mand­ing fair­ness and ap­point­ment based on merit at the univer­sity.

La­ban Ayiro took over last month as act­ing vice chan­cel­lor, but some area politi­cians re­jected his ap­point­ment, say­ing he was not qual­i­fied.

Mandago said leaders from the re­gion had been de­mand­ing that

Isaac Kos­gey be ap­pointed to head the univer­sity, be­cause “he was the best dur­ing re­cruit­ment in­ter­views”.

Speak­ing in Kesses, he said NCIC chair­man Fran­cis ole Ka­paro should stop “play­ing pol­i­tics”.

“We want to tell Ka­paro not to mis­use the NCIC. He should lead it like an old man to unite Kenyans and not tar­get some com­mu­ni­ties or in­di­vid­u­als,” Mandago said.

He and oth­ers caused a na­tional up­roar and were ac­cused of trib­al­ism when they stormed Moi Univer­sity on Septem­ber 20 and de­manded ap­point- ment of a Kalen­jin, not Ayiro.

He and oth­ers deny the charges, say­ing they only want the best qual­i­fied can­di­date.

Mandago ac­cused Ka­paro of us­ing the me­dia to con­demn the North Rift leaders who were sum­moned by the NCIC to record state­ments.

“Ka­paro should have first lis­tened and un­der­stood what hap­pened be­fore con­demn­ing us in the me­dia. It’s un­fair to con­demn us then force us to record state­ments,” Mandago said.

He said they only went to Moi Univer­sity to de­mand merit in ap­point­ment of the VC.

“We will not be in­tim­i­dated,” the gov­er­nor said.

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