EACC begins probe into University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor appointment row


EACC begins probe into University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor appointment row
University of Nairobi (UoN) main campus. PHOTO| COURTESY

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has began a probe into the controversial appointment of University of Nairobi vice-chancellor Prof. Stephen Kiama Gitahi.

EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak says the commission has already received a letter from Education CS Prof. George Magoha urging for the probe to be conducted.

The anti-graft body is investigating how the recruitment process happened and whether due process was followed in the final stages of the selection exercise.

According to Prof. Magoha, he was still consulting President Uhuru Kenyatta when the announcement on Prof. Kiama’s appointment was made.

All senior appointments in the country, when the process is complete, the interviewing entity consults with the government.

Prof. Magoha believes that the University of Nairobi council acted in a manner that does not conform with the existing regulations and that somebody somewhere is pulling strings to destroy the university.

“There is a candidate they recommended and I said am consulting but they went ahead and made the appointment. When I went to Mombasa, the President asked me about it. What you are seeing is a directive coming from somewhere. Somebody somewhere is pulling strings to destroy the university,” he said.

The selection exercise was conducted by the Public Service Commission (PSC) on December 18 last year.

Prof. Magoha last week revoked the appointment of Prof. Stephen Kiama and named Prof. Isaac Mbeche the acting VC.

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