Security has been beefed up at the Moi University where Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i will Thursday preside over the graduation ceremony, amid the controversy on the appointment of acting Vice Chancellor Laban Ayiro.
Ayiro formally took over office Wednesday, from Prof Richard Mibey, an Academic Research Scientist who has led the institution since 2006.
There has been a controversy over Ayiro’s appointment as the acting VC, with local leaders protesting that a substantive Vice Chancellor should have been appointed following the conclusion of the recent recruitment process.
Matiang’i, however, urged the leaders not to politicise the process but focus on the gains to be made by appointing a qualified individual as the Vice Chancellor.
The approval of Ayiro was made following a request by the Moi University Council in a letter dated, September 19, 2016 seeking Matiang’i’s approval to appoint from a list of three professors, one person as an Acting Vice Chancellor following the ending of Mibey’s tenure as Vice Chancellor of the University.
The three included Laban Ayiro, Daniel Tarus and Isaac Kimengi.
Ayiro before his appointment was the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor for Planning; Prof. Tarus is Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance while Prof. Kimengi is Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic.
The appointment, according to the Chairman of the University Council, is for a period of three months or until such a time as the substantive Vice Chancellor shall have been appointed.
The process of appointing a substantive Vice Chancellor is on-going.