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Recruitment of finance boss at Mmust heads to the courts

The recruitment of the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (Mmust) has hit a snag.

The position fell vacant after Prof Joseph Rotich was appointed as Vice Chancellor at Laikipia University in May this year.  Prof Rotich had held the DVC post since January 2014.

The Mmust University Council under the chairmanship of Jeremy Bundi had advertised for the vacant DVC- finance position in the local dailies on August 3. Some 24 candidates had applied for the position.

However, five applicants were shortlisted for interviews which were to be conducted on November 9— Prof Maurice Amutabi, Prof Alfred Muyabi, Prof Mike Iravo, Prof Daniel Rotich and Prof Genevieve Mwayuli.

Five senior lecturers from Mmust applied for the position but none of them was shortlisted for interviews, a matter that raised eyebrows and split the university council into two.

Those who applied but not shortlisted were Prof Stephen Odebero, Prof Thomas Sakwa, Prof Charles Mutai, Prof William Shivoga who has been acting DVC for Planning and Research for two years and Dr Patrick Ojera, the current acting DVC Finance and Administration.

Other applicants were Alex Mumbo, Samuel Gichaya, Emmy Kipsoi, Daniel Auka, Gitile Naituli, Godrick Bulitia, Joshua Ogendo, Isaiah Wandiki, John Thuo, Daniel Gichaya, Jacob Bitok, Nelson Were, Evans Basweti and Isaiah Ndiege, all professors.

Three organisations have now moved to court to have the recruitment stopped over claims that it was marred by irregularities.

They are led by activist Okiya Omtatah from the Kenyans for Justice and Development (Kejude), Weco Founders and Stakeholders Association, which are represented by Dr Ligabo Machanja and Tom Shivachi.

Citizens for Good Governance are being represented by petitioners, Philip Wanyonyi Wekesa and Albert Wamalwa.

Omtatah told the media in Kakamega town that he had requested for information from the university based on Under the Fair and Administrative Action Act, 2015 and the Mmust statutes, but received unsatisfactory answers from the council chairman. The Council Chairman, Dr Jeremy Bundi, declined to comment on the matter.

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