KU new council hits the ground running as members meet today
The newly appointed Kenyatta University (KU) Council is expected to hold a meeting today, contrary to reports that they declined the job offers. It has also emerged that the new Vice-Chancellor, Prof Waceke Wanjohi, yesterday held her first Senate meeting.
That was the clearest indication yet, that the change-of-guard at the university has been fully effected and the new team has hit the ground running.
The new team, chaired by Prof Chrispus Kiamba was constituted after the incumbent council was sacked over the controversial land saga, covering 410 acres allocated to WHO, Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.
Other members are Carilus Odumbe, Jane Wamoko, Maj Gen (Red) Bashir Yussuf, Andrew Nyanchoga and Alice Muita.
In a letter to Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, the ousted team, led by chairperson Prof. Shem Migot-Adhola, had described the transfer of land as illegal and rejected the directive.
“The council holds the considered view that such a decision cannot be lawfully made without involving and consulting the University Council,” stated Adholla in the letter dated July 5.
Council insisted it has not been aware of the Cabinet decision it supposedly passed during its May 12 meeting, which is said to have approved the allocation of land to strategic interventions under the Ministry of Health.
Adhola said the responsibility of managing, supervising and administering the university assets solely belongs to the council, stating that the government went against constitutional and practical demands by writing to the VC instead of the governing council.
On Wednesday, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha maintained that President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Cabinet made a decision that must be followed.