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UoN Vice-Chancellors’ Drama Continues As Prof Gitahi Kiama Buys Newspaper Ad

Ousted: Prof Gitahi Kiama

The saga surrounding the controversial appointment of University of Nairobi vice-chancellor Prof Stephen Kiama Gitahi and dissolution of the council that is chaired by Prof Julia Ojiambo took a new twist Saturday after the Ministry of Education sought the intervention of the anti-corruption agency, EACC.

Prof Kiama, in a communication to staff and students, insisted that he was the validly appointed vice-chancellor and would continue to discharge his duties.

Prof. Madara Ogot

However, Prof Madara Ogot, who is the acting deputy vice-chancellor (finance, planning and development) fired another communication to staff and students, cancelling the Tuesday installation of Prof Kiama as vice-chancellor.

Prof Ogot said Prof Mbeche is now the acting VC while Prof Kiama remains the deputy vice- chancellor (human resource and administration). Prof Mbeche later fired a letter late in the evening to the director of ICT at the university warning against allowing Prof Kiama to send communication to staff, saying his appointment had been revoked.

Prof. Isaac Meroka, acting VC

It is reported that the locks to Prof Kiama’s office was changed by workers to bar him as per Prof Mbeche’s instructions.

Today, the local newspapers have carried another statement from Prof Kiama stating that he is the validly appointed Vice-Chancellor of UoN and that any communication from other sources should be treated as ‘non-binding’.

The University of Nairobi Council on July 1st 2019 rejected then VC Prof Peter M.F. Mbithi’s bid for an automatic reappointment as vice chancellor for a second term and appointed Prof Isaac Mbeche as acting vice chancellor

Prof Peter M.F Mbithi hands over to Prof Isaac Meroka Mbeche in July 2019

Education CS Magoha on Friday fired the UoN council led by Dr. Julia Ojiambo.

Prof Gitahi Kiama’s statement on the newspaper

More stories

  1. Mbeche Vs Kiama: UoN Acting VC Isaac Mbeche Sends A Stern Memo
  2. Why CS Magoha Revoked Appointment Of Prof. Stephen Gitahi As UoN VC
  3. Sacked UoN VC Prof Kiama Fights Back
  4. UoN Cancels Prof Kiama’s Installation Ceremony


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