Days after the Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) vice chancellor Prof Fred Otieno stepped down to pave way for the government and the university council to appoint an acting VC to manage leadership transition for three months before a new one is appointed, the MMUST Professors’ Forum has warned the disgruntled persons against inciting the students saying it may cause unwarranted disruption of the core business of the university.
Addressing the press, the Professors’ Forum strongly condemned the divisive sentiments and actions by a section of staff whom they termed their intention as not being good for the general good of the university but to discredit the council so as to have their way.
Led by the forum’s chair prof. Silvery Oteng’i and secretary Prof. Thomas sakwa, the forum called upon the new acting VC Prof Joseph Bosire to form an internal truth and reconciliation committee to address the ills and malpractices caused in the previous regime.
They noted that MMUST staff are polarized and scattered and thus needs the committee to bring them together. “MMUST Professors’ Forum warns any individual or groupings of persons creating undesirable situations that distract the university from moving forward, they are betrayers to the spirit of collegiality and advances selfish interests and cannot be admissible,” read part of their speech. The forum revealed that it has full confidence in the university council and will work closely with the new acting VC to ensure a smooth leadership transition.
It assured that it will fully participate in the forthcoming graduation ceremony slated for 14th December 2018. It further called upon the university council to be keen in the next appointment of the next VC so as to avoid creating undesirable situations that may distract the university from moving forward. They urged the acting VC to work harmoniously with the university unions and staff at large.