Luhya, Kikuyu take lion’s share of var­sity lead­er­ship

In most of them, top of­fi­cials are mem­bers of the com­mu­nity that dom­i­nates the area where the in­sti­tu­tion is lo­cated

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - GIDEON KETER @TheS­tarKenya VAR­SI­TIES BE­COM­ING TRIBAL EN­CLAVES?

Of­fi­cials from the Luhya and the Kikuyu com­mu­ni­ties dom­i­nate top lead­er­ship po­si­tions in the pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties, a new re­port shows.

Of the 30 pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties and con­stituent col­leges, there are 22 Luy­has and 20 Kikuyus head­ing the in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing.

The Kikuyu have three vice chan­cel­lors, 14 deputy vice chan­cel­lors, one prin­ci­pal and two deputy prin­ci­pals. The Luyha have four vice chan­cel­lors, 12 deputy vice chan­cel­lors, one prin­ci­pal and five deputy prin­ci­pals.

The Luo come third with 12 in­di­vid­u­als from the com­mu­nity be­ing at the helm of the in­sti­tu­tions—five vice chan­cel­lors, four deputy vice chan­cel­lors, one prin­ci­pal and two deputy prin­ci­pals.

The Kalen­jin are fourth, with 11 of­fi­cials—one VC, eight DVCs and two deputy prin­ci­pals.

The Meru and Kamba come fifth with nine of­fi­cials each – three VCs, four DVCs, one prin­ci­pal and one deputy prin­ci­pal each, while the Kisii come sixth with eight of­fi­cials – one VC, five DVCs, one prin­ci­pal and one deputy prin­ci­pal.


The Swahili com­mu­nity has four of­fi­cials – two VCs and two DVCs. The Teso have one vice chan­cel­lor and the Giriama, Digo, Maasai, Kuria, Suba and Taita com­mu­ni­ties each have one deputy vice chan­cel­lor. The So­mali com­mu­nity has only one prin­ci­pal. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, which was tabled in the Se­nate last week, most of the uni­ver­si­ties and their con­stituent col­leges are headed by in­di­vid­u­als who hail from the ar­eas where the in­sti­tu­tions are sit­u­ated.

Sen­a­tors raised concerns that the in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing have be­come tribal en­claves. They urged the Ed­u­ca­tion min­istry to change the method of ap­point­ing lead­ers.

“From the list read, it is ev­i­dent that by and large vice chan­cel­lors come from the ar­eas where the uni­ver­si­ties are lo­cated and yet we are talk­ing about them be­ing na­tional uni­ver­si­ties,” Trans Nzoia Sen­a­tor Henry Ndiema said.

Sam­buru Sen­a­tor Sammy Leshore said, “From the state­ment, all the vice chan­cel­lors from Nyanza are Luos. All the vice chan­cel­lors from Cen­tral are Kikuyus. All the vice chan­cel­lors from Western are Luhyas and all the vice chan­cel­lors from Coast are Swahilis. Is he con­firm­ing that these are be­com­ing tribal en­claves?”


West Pokot Sen­a­tor John Lonyan­ga­puo ques­tioned why out of 30 VCs, 11 of them are in act­ing ca­pac­ity.

“This is a ma­jor prob­lem. How can we have a stag­ger­ing 37 per cent of all our vice chan­cel­lors in act­ing ca­pac­ity? Some­thing is ex­ceed­ingly wrong in that min­istry. The min­is­ter and his team must ask them­selves why peo­ple are in act­ing ca­pac­ity,” he said.

Kirinyaga Sen­a­tor Daniel Karaba, the Se­nate’s Ed­u­ca­tion com­mit­tee chair­man, said the dis­par­ity of 23 vice chan­cel­lors in 30 uni­ver­si­ties arose be­cause some of the uni­ver­si­ties have just been char­tered.

“Since the process of ap­point­ing vice chan­cel­lors is still go­ing on, there is a dis­par­ity. The char­ters were is­sued last Fri­day,” he told the House.


The re­ports says the Univer­sity of Nairobi is un­der the lead­er­ship of VC Peter Mbithi (Kamba) from Machakos county, while Moi Univer­sity and Keny­atta Univer­sity are led by act­ing VC La­ban Ayiro (Luhya) and VC Paul Wainaina (Kikuyu), re­spec­tively.

Eger­ton Univer­sity is un­der the stew­ard­ship of Rose Mwonya a Luo from Si­aya county; Jomo Keny­atta Univer­sity of Agri­cul­ture and Tech­nol­ogy is led by Ma­bel Im­buga, a Luhya from Vi­higa county; while Maseno Univer­sity is led by Julius Nyabundi a Luo from Si­aya county.

Masinde Muliro Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, Dedan Ki­mathi Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy and Pwani Univer­sity are led by Fred Otieno a Luo from Kakamega county, Ndi­rangu Kioni (Kikuyu), and Mo­hamed Ra­jab (Swahili), re­spec­tively.

Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity of Kenya is un­der the lead­er­ship of Fran­cis Aduol (Luo), while Mul­ti­me­dia Univer­sity of Kenya and Univer­sity of Kabi­anga are led by Fes­tus Kaberia (Meru) and Wil­son Kipng’eno (Kalen­jin), re­spec­tively.

Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity of Mom­basa, Chuka Univer­sity and Kisii Univer­sity are un­der the stew­ard­ship of Laila Abubakar (Swahili), Eras­tus Njoka (Meru) and John Akama (Kisii), re­spec­tively.



Univer­sity of Nairobi stu­dents dur­ing their grad­u­a­tion on Au­gust 29, 2014

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