We will not apol­o­gise over Moi var­sity de­mand - Jackson Mandago

North Rift lead­ers ac­cuse CS Ma­tiang’i of sidelin­ing Kalen­jins. ‘Jails are made for peo­ple. We’re ready to go there if that’s what de­fend­ing our com­mu­nity will cost us’

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - MATHEWS NDANYI @math­ews_n­danyi

Gover­nor Jackson Mandago and North Rift MPs will not apol­o­gise for storm­ing Moi Univer­sity last week to stop act­ing VC La­ban Ayiro from tak­ing over.

Mandago and the MPs have dared In­te­rior CS Joseph Nkaissery to ar­rest them, say­ing they are not tribal. They are ac­cused of mak­ing tribal and in­cit­ing state­ments and de­mand­ing that Pro­fes­sor Isaac Kos­gey be in­stalled as VC, not Prof Ayiro.

Dur­ing the in­ci­dent, Mandago was ac­com­pa­nied by El­geyo Marak­wet Gover­nor Alex Tol­gos and MPs Os­car Sudi, James Bett and Sila Tiren. MP Al­fred Keter and Se­na­tor Isaac Melly have also de­fended their col­leagues’ de­mand on Kos­gey’s ap­point­ment.

CS Nkaissery has di­rected Mandago, Tol­gos and the MPs to apol­o­gise. He has asked the NCIC to take ac­tion if the lead­ers do not do so. But Mandago, who spoke at sev­eral func­tions in El­doret at the week­end, de­nied claims they in­cited univer­sity work­ers and en­gaged in tribal ha­tred.

He said they only de­manded due process be fol­lowed in the ap­point­ment of a new VC. “We know Kos­gey was the best dur­ing re­cruit­ment in­ter­views and all we are say­ing is that he be given the job, in­stead of hav­ing an act­ing VC. We have noth­ing against Ayiro on the ba­sis of his not be­ing a Kalen­jin”, Mandago said.

Sudi said, “Jails are made for peo­ple and we are ready to go there if that’s what de­fend­ing our com­mu­nity will cost us.”

Sudi and Keter ac­cused Ed­u­ca­tion CS Fred Ma­tiang’i of mess­ing up ap­point­ments at the univer­si­ties. They said some tribes are side­lined, de­spite hav­ing peo­ple who merit to head univer­si­ties.

North Rift pro­fes­sion­als led by lawyer Kipro­tich Cher­argei have also threat­ened to go to court to com­pel the univer­sity coun­cil and Ma­tiang’i to re­lease names of those short­listed for the Moi Univer­sity CEO po­si­tion.

Their sen­ti­ments come as ANC leader Musalia Mu­davadi urged Rift Val­ley lead­ers to re­spect the Con­sti­tu­tion and al­low Ayiro to dis­charge his man­date. He said lead­ers have a duty to re­spect in­sti­tu­tions, rather than en­gage in neg­a­tive eth­nic­ity. Mu­davadi said Ayiro is qual­i­fied to lead the univer­sity.

Mean­while, three top aca­demics have been short­listed for the VC’s job. They are Rongo Univer­sity Col­lege prin­ci­pal Sa­muel Gudu, Laikipia Univer­sity deputy VC Isaac Kos­gey, and Com­mis­sion for Univer­sity Ed­u­ca­tion Qual­ity Stan­dards chief Ann Nan­gulu.

/MATHEWS NDANYI

Gover­nor Jackson Mandago speaks in Kapseret in El­doret on Fri­day

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