A council of 6 was selected to interview various professors who would follow in Acting Moi University VC Laban Ayiro’s footsteps and become the university’s Vice Chancellor.
The results of the interviews that were held on Monday show that Ayiro was awarded lower marks than Prof. Kosgei who got marks in the 90s from several panel members.
According to the Star newspaper, a member of the council who declined to be named said: “We are wondering how three members of the interview panel gave suspiciously high marks to one candidate yet another one, who had shown the ability to transform the university, was awarded low marks.”
The results revealed that council member Isabel Kogei gave acting Vice-Chancellor Laban Ayiro 41% and gave Isaac Kosgei 99%. David Rono, another council member, gave Prof Ayiro 45% and Prof Kosgei 92%, while Hamisi Dena gave Prof Kosgei 90% and Prof Ayiro 51%. The results have been forwarded to Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, who will appoint one of the top three.
The University has not had an actual VC since September last year but Matiang’i asked that an end be put to that.
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Last year in September, Matiang’i cancelled interviews in which Kosgei was top. This led to protests by some leaders in the region led by Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago and Elgeyo Marakwet’s Alex Tolgos.
The Public Service Commission’s chairperson, Margaret Kobia said about the issue, ” One wonders if the panel members were measuring agreed competencies or had a predetermined candidate, compromising objectivity in the process.”
Prof. Kosgei who seems to have been favoured is the current deputy VC, Administration, Finance and Development at Laikipia University.