NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18- Kenyatta University Vice Chancellor Prof. Olive Mugenda has been directed by the Labour Relations Court to proceed on six months leave pending determination of a case which is seeking her ouster.
Judge Hellen Wasilwa has also restrained Kenyatta University Council, its employees or agents from recruiting eligible candidates to fill Mugenda’s position following an advertisement in a local daily on December 2 inviting applications.
According to the University’s charter, Mugenda is set to retire in March next year.
Mugenda was appointed Vice Chancellor in 2007 and then reappointed in 2012 by President Mwai Kibaki for another five years.
Mugenda joined the university as a tutorial member in 1981 and rose through the ranks to become the deputy vice chancellor for Finance and Planning and in 2006.
When the position of vice chancellor at the university was advertised, she applied and won over three other applicants, and became the first Kenyan woman to hold the position, in April 2006.
However, her re-appointment in March 2011 was controversial after the university senate failed to advertise the position for competitive recruitment forcing Wilfrida Itolongo, Muma Solomon, Elena Korir, Martha MIayandazi and Fred Obare to go to court to challenge her appointment.
Justice George Odunga however ruled that there was nothing wrong with the failure of former President Mwai Kibaki to gazette the appointment of Prof Mugenda and declared she was in office legally.