Ex-MMUST VC dies in Eldoret hospital; Governor Oparanya sends condolence message

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MMUST VC Prof. Fred Otieno in his office
MMUST VC Prof. Fred Otieno in his office

Former Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) VC Prof. Fredrick Alfred Otieno has died. Prof. Otieno passed away on Monday night while undergoing treatment at Tophill hospital in Eldoret and news of his demise got out on Tuesday morning.

According to family, Otieno suffered a stroke and was taken to hospital a few days ago. He was then admitted at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Tophill.

Prof. Otieno took over the leadership of MMUST in 2013 from the late Prof. Barasa Wangila and has led the University for one term after his tenure expired in December 2018.

From there onwards, the University has had wrangles with unions fighting the late Prof. Otieno’s attempts to clinch a second term. He was faced with claims of corruption and there were calls for the EACC to probe him.

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has sent his message of condolence to his family saying that his demise has robbed the country of one of the most brilliant sons with an outstanding academic, administrative and water resources management credentials.

“It is with profound sorrow and sadness that I have learned of the passing on of Prof. Fredrick Alfred Otieno, former Vice Chancellor Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST). At the time of his death Prof. Otieno was the chairman of the Board of Kakamega County Urban Water and Sanination Corporation (KACUWASCO). He died last night while undergoing treatment at Tophill Hospital, Eldoret,” read part of Governor Oparanya’s condolence message released on Tuesday shortly after the sad news broke out.

“The late Prof. Otieno was well known to me since his tenure as Vice Chancellor of MMUST since 2013 and as a board member and chairman of KACUWASCO where he has left a rich legacy of service and leadership,” Oparanya added.