Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i has extended the contract of Moi University acting Vice-Chancellor Laban Ayiro for another six months.
This is the third time that Dr Matiang’i is extending Prof Ayiro’s contract, a move that is expected to give the university council more time to embark on recruitment of a substantive vice-chancellor.
“Further to my letter dated 9th December, 2016, I write to extend your appointment as the acting Vice-Chancellor, Moi University for a period of six months. This appointment automatically terminates on the appointment of the substantive Vice-Chancellor should that happen inside the period of the six (6) months,”
reads the letter signed by CS Matiang’i dated 12th September.
The letter was copied to Prof Collette Suda, Principal Secretary State Department for University Education and Dr Jeremiah Ntoloi Koshal and the chairperson of the university council.
A source at the institution on Wednesday said that the position will be advertised soon.
“The varsity council presented an advert at the Ministry of Education and is subject to approval. The position will be advertised soon upon the approval that is why his contract which ends this month had to be extended,” added the source.
Led by Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago, his Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart Alex Tolgos, MPs Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Silas Tiren (Moiben), Former MP James Bett (Kesses) and Isaac Terer Former Uasin Gishu County Assembly Speaker, the leaders vowed to stop the University’s 32nd graduation ceremony which was scheduled to happen on Thursday 21.
The leaders wanted Education CS Fred Matiang’i to immediately appoint a substantive VC for Moi University, based on merit, arguing that it was wrong to appoint an acting VC when the university council concluded the process of recruiting a new VC and forwarded to him the names of three eligible individuals. They also argued that an “outsider” had been appointed to the helm of the Eldoret-based University.
The leaders alleged that the Education CS and a powerful quarter was pushing for the appointment of their preferred candidate, stating that Prof. Isaac Kosgey, one of those interviewed for the position emerged top and should have been appointed permanently.
Courtesy of Business Daily and SDE.