Two governors and several MPs are protesting the appointment of Prof Laban Ayiro as acting VC of Moi University.
Prof Ayiro is currently the acting deputy vice-chancellor in charge of planning. He was appointed by the Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i for a three month period before a substantive VC is appointed.
The leaders who stormed the university want CS Fred Matiang’i to immediately appoint a substantive VC based on merit.
They argue that it is wrong to appoint an acting VC when the university council concluded the process of recruiting a new VC.
They also argue that an “outsider” cannot be appointed to the top of the Eldoret-based university.
Education Cabinet Secretary has however defended the appointment of Prof Laban Ayiro, saying he followed the law and the decision would not be revoked.
He added that he wasn’t a politician so he would not be responding to any of them.
”I am a public servant and will not engage in politics. We have many politicians whom they can engage.”
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The Politicians, championed by Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago, are alleging that the Education CS and other powerful sectors are pushing for the appointment of their preferred candidate.
They stated that Prof. Isaac Kosgey, one of those interviewed for the position, emerged top and should be appointed permanently.
”We want to be very clear on this. There will be no graduation on Friday if Kosgey is not the VC,” he told workers at the university.
“We have told Matiang’i to immediately release his appointment letter.”
Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi continued the address, alleging that tribalism against Kalenjins is the reason behind Prof Kosgey not being appointed.
”We wonder why they have to wait for DP William Ruto to be out of the country to mess up with our university. We will not accept that.”
”We will cut all trees and use all means possible to block roads and ensure there is no graduation on Friday.”
Prof Mibey, the outgoing vice-chancellor has gone ahead to hand over to Prof Ayiro on Wednesday amid the protests by the North Rift leaders.
He confirmed the graduation would go on despite threats by the local leaders to disrupt it.