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SONU gives Kaimenyi ultimatum to appoint VC

Professor Peter Mbithi, UoN

Professor Peter Mbithi, UoN

The University of Nairobi Students Organization, SONU, has given Education Cabinet Secretary Professor Jacob Kaimenyi a seven day ultimatum to appoint Professor Peter Mbithi as Vice Chancellor to take over from Professor George Magoha whose term expires in January 2015.

Professor Peter Mbithi emerged top with 83.5%, Professor Agnes Mwan’gombe with 77.3% and Professor Isaac Mbeche was third with 68%. Only four candidates were interviewed for the position.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, SONU Secretary General Akach Jim who was flanked by the Unions Chairman Babu Owino said, Mbithi emerged the best in an interview conducted by the University’s Council on Wednesday last week.

They said they are opposed to claims that Professor Kaimenyi intends to appoint  Professor Agnes Mwang’ombe who emerged second.They said the CS will set a bad precedent if he goes against the appointment procedures.

On Friday,Trade Unions representing lecturers and staff of institutions of higher learning also demanded the immediate appointment of Professor  Mbithi as Vice Chancellor.

The Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotel, Educational Institutions, Hospitals, and Allied Workers (KUDHEIHA) and Kenya Universities Staff Union (KUSU), issued an ultimatum that expired Friday midday for Education Cabinet Secretary Professor Jacob Kaimenyi to have Mbithi appointed failure to which, they said they would  call for industrial action in the institution.

Charles Mukhwaya of Kusu claimed they had reliable information of attempts to meddle in process.

“If an individual is allowed to make appointments because of personal interests at the University of Nairobi today, then what will happen to other institutions?” Mukhwaya asked.

UASU Chairman Samwel Nyandemo said due process must be followed and they would not allow an appointment that is driven by personal interests.

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