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No peace at Mmust as VC post empty – Weekly Citizen

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Ever since the expiry of Fredrick Otieno’s term as the vice chancellor of Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology in November 2018, there have been twists and turns in recruitment of new top management officers at the institution.

Prof. Otieno

All the positions, VC and three deputy vice chancellors have been serving in acting positions for close to a year now. During this period, the state department for University Education transferred the council chair Jeremy Bundi, a move that was stopped when unions at the university went to court and obtained stay orders.

Acting VC Asenath

On August 5 2019 the unions stormed the Public Service Commission and petitioned the commission against conducting interviews on Prof Otieno citing his failure to secure clearance from EACC. The former VC’s case was forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecution early this year and has not been prosecuted in court.
Staff and students at the university are anxiously waiting for the appointment of new top managers after the conclusion of interviews on August 9. They are concerned that local community leaders are engaging the ministry of Education to make appointments without further delay
The list of invited candidates omitted Shem Aywa who appeared before the panel and was interviewed. Otieno who appears first on the list was asked by the panel to produce clearance from Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission, which he did not have and at that point, his interview was terminated.
The acting VC is Asenath Sigot. At the funeral of the pioneer VC of the university, Barasa Wangila on August 7 in Bungoma, leaders and Mmust unionists called for the appointment of a substantive VC at the institution.
The list omitted Aywa who appeared before the panel and was interviewed. The unions at the university had sworn affidavits citing integrity questions against the former VC indicating that he had not been cleared by the anti-corruption watchdog, EACC.



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